Florida lawmaker: Castro's death lifts 'psychological burden'

Florida lawmaker: Castro's death lifts 'psychological burden'
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest GOP wants more vision, policy from Trump at convention Mucarsel-Powell, Giménez to battle for Florida swing district MORE (R-Fla.) said Monday that the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro eliminated a “psychological burden” for many people. 


“It’s not so much that someone died, but that this psychological — this heavy, psychological burden, this cloud, has finally been lifted,” Curbelo said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Curbelo, who is of Cuban descent, said his grandfather was imprisoned by Castro’s regime and that his grandfather’s brother was executed without a trial.

When asked how he feels about Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauMicrosoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences Trudeau: Canada preparing for potential 'disruptions' after US election Trump's COVID 'October surprise' might make him a better candidate — and person MORE’s comments about Castro, Curbelo called them "very painful" and "very sad.” 

Trudeau praised Castro in a statement following his death, calling Castro a “remarkable leader.”

“That’s why I think it’s incumbent upon us to make sure the truth gets out, because that’s what Fidel Castro and his government have also been very good at throughout the years: at propaganda, at selling a lie, about who he is, about who he was — in this case about what the Cuban Revolution was,” Curbelo added.