Pavlich: Trump’s best speech

Pavlich: Trump’s best speech
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE has never been accused of being an eloquent or charismatic speaker. In fact, his rough-edged style has roiled commentators and professional politicos inside the Beltway for years, while being cheered by his supporters across the country.

But with Trump, it’s always been about the message and reaching results, not the delivery. During a speech in Miami last week, he managed to bring both together as he announced an end to many of the Obama administration’s normalization policies with Cuba.

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According to the White House, the goal isn’t to cut off relations altogether as the United States has done in the past, but rather to secure a better deal for the American and Cuban people.

In a hot, packed room full of Cuban dissidents at the Manuel Artime Theatre in Miami, Trump made his argument and paid respect to the thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to fighting the evils of the Castro regime.

“Many of you witnessed terrible crimes committed in service of a depraved ideology. You saw the dreams of generations held by captive, and just, literally, you look at what happened and what communism has done. You knew faces that disappeared, innocents locked in prisons, and believers persecuted for preaching the word of God,” the president said. “You watched the Women in White bruised, bloodied, and captured on their way from Mass. You have heard the chilling cries of loved ones, or the cracks of firing squads piercing through the ocean breeze. Not a good sound.

“The exiles and dissidents here today have witnessed communism destroy a nation, just as communism has destroyed every single nation where it has ever been tried,” he continued. “But we will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer. You have seen the truth, you have spoken the truth, and the truth has now called us, this group, called us to action.”

The most incredible moment of his remarks came when President Trump told the story of Luis Haza. Haza was just eight years old when his father was killed by a Castro regime firing squad. He regularly played the violin to ease the pain of his loss. Shortly after his father’s murder, the regime came for him and demanded he play his music for one of Cuba’s newest leaders, Raul Castro. Standing in a room with Raul and his comrades watching closely, what Haza chose to play could have gotten him killed.

“Castro’s soldiers barged into his orchestra practice area, guns blazing. They told him to play for them. Terrified, Luis began to play. And the entire room was stunned by what they heard. Ringing out from the trembling boy’s violin was a tune they all recognized. This young Cuban boy was playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ Luis played the American National Anthem all the way through, and when he finished, the room was dead silent,” Trump described. “America will always stand for liberty, and America will always pray and cheer for the freedom of the Cuban people.”

Decades later, Haza, now living in America, was invited by the White House to proudly play on the same stage as the president of the United States. President Trump praised him and the crowd roared with applause and cheers.

It was the best speech Donald Trump has ever delivered. Not because it was delivered well, but because the meaning of the words and statements represent the fight for human freedom. It was about standing up for the oppressed against powerful tyrants and recognizing the true sacrifices so many Cubans have made to fight for their dignity.

When President Obama visited Cuba in March of 2016, he failed to condemn the communism that has left so many people in the country starving. Instead, he embraced it by allowing himself to be photographed in front of a mural dedicated to mass murder and homophobe Che Guevara. Adding insult to injury, he went to a baseball game, sat with Raúl Castro and did the wave. Marxist FARC terrorists were also in the crowd while regular Cuban citizens without political connections were banned from attending. Upon Obama’s departure, anti-Castro activists were beaten and jailed, despite the regime promising to set them free as part of the normalization process.

The Obama administration benefited the Castro regime. The Trump administration plans to benefit the Cuban people by taking away power from the government and directly emboldening citizens.

“Now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. Because we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere, whether in Cuba or Venezuela, and to have a future where the people of each country can live out their own dreams,” Trump said. “My administration will not hide from it, excuse it, or glamorize it. And we will never, ever be blind to it. We know what’s going on and we remember what happened.”

Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.


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