Mexico's Vicente Fox compares Trump to Fidel Castro

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is comparing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE to Fidel Castro, saying the president-elect is "very similar" to totalitarian leaders.

“Cuba is going to be a great Latin American nation as soon as they get rid of the Castros,” Fox told host Dagen McDowell on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” Tuesday. "So nobody needs dictators.

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“By the way, that kind of dictatorship, that kind of totalitarian leaders, is very similar to Trump. They lie, they cheat, they are false prophets, they promise many things, but they are not going to be able to comply.”

McDowell quickly rebuked Fox for linking Trump to Castro, a Communist figurehead and longtime antagonist of the U.S. who died last weekend.

“Comparing Donald Trump to Fidel Castro is beyond the pale,” she said. "Fidel Castro was a murdering thug who tortured people, who imprisoned people. Quite frankly, Mr. President, I ask you to take that back, comparing Fidel Castro to Donald Trump.”

Fox refused to reverse course, however, instead doubling down on the comparison.

“No, I don’t take it back, I insist,” he said. "They are similar — authoritarian, they impose their wills, they only think that they have the right and the reason.

“He only won, in the case of Trump, with 25 percent of American citizens’ support. That doesn’t give him enough of a mandate to impose his own ideas over a nation and over the world.”  

Trump on Saturday called Castro a “brutal dictator” who had left a legacy of “unimaginable suffering.”