New York Republican representative Nicole Malliotakis blasted Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for saying that the U.S. embargo against Cuba was to blame for the economic difficulties the country was experiencing.
“The embargo is absurdly cruel and, like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americas, the cruelty is the point. I outright reject the Biden administration‘s defense of the embargo, ” said Ocasio-Cortez in a statement.
“What’s cruel is the way that the communist regime treats its people,” Malliotakis responded to Ocasio-Cortez on Fox News.
“You know, there are two classes in Cuba. One is the ruling class, run by the communists, and then there is everyone else who lives in squalor. They don’t have access to food. They don’t have access to medicine. They don’t have access to the basic necessities, and it’s certainly not because of the embargo. Look, Cuba does business with nearly every country in the world, and for six decades, they remained a communist regime. So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is nothing more than a communist sympathizer who wants to bring socialism to the United States of America, and I’m sure she sympathizes with the regime in Cuba. But the reality is that they use everything that they get when they do business with other countries for the regime. They use it to reward the people in the ruling class. It never gets to the people, and that is why we are not doing business with Cuba.”
“What I will say is that it’s incredibly important that the United States of America at this time work with our allies in the international community, the democracies around the world who believe in freedom and put pressure on this regime,” she continued. “We want to see internet access fully restored on the island so they can communicate with themselves as Cubans, as well as let the world see the images that are taking place. You have people being beat on the street by police. You have people being shot at by the regime forces. That is the reality. That is the cruelty that she should look to and saying we should not as freedom-loving Americans accept this.”