Although Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio butted heads during the GOP presidential primary, the pair has united to chastise Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for delivering a glowing eulogy of deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
On Saturday, Trudeau released a statement praising Castro as a “larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century.”
While noting that the autocratic ruler was controversial, Trudeau outrageously claimed that “both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people.”
The prime minister also recalled the friendship between Castro and Trudeau’s father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, saying that the elder Trudeau “was very proud to call him a friend.”
Rubio quickly blasted Trudeau’s remarks on Twitter, calling them “shameful and embarrassing.” Within hours, Cruz followed suit, slamming the statement as “disgraceful” and pondering: “Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants?”
Both senators have a personal connection to the news of Castro’s passing thanks to their ancestry: Rubio’s parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba just years before Castro came into power, while Cruz’s father was an early supporter of Castro who became a vocal opponent of Castro’s increasingly dictatorial regime.
Rubio and Cruz also agree that President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba was a mistake and have called on President-elect Donald Trump to demand that Cuba show improvement on human rights and economic issues in exchange for the relationship.
Watch part of Prime Minister Trudeau’s response to Castro’s death below: