During a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was exposed for lying about the pro-freedom, pro-democracy, anti-communist protests that overtook Cuba last weekend. Echoing her boss’ statement, Psaki told reporters the protestors were rallying against the rising rates of COVID-19 and the lack of medical supplies and expertise in the country.
The protestors were rallying against the communist regime that for decades has imprisoned, brutalized, and even killed Cuban citizens. Carrying American flags and chanting “FREEDOM!” the protestors showed that this about more than COVID. The protests were about freedom from tyrannical dictatorship, that seemingly Biden hopes to install in the States under the guise of “equality” and “diversity.”
Watch her response here:
Peter Doocy grills Psaki on the Biden admin's suggestion that the protests in Cuba are in response to COVID: "So when these protestors are yelling 'freedom' and 'enough,' there are people in the administration who think they are saying 'freedom from rising COVID cases'?" pic.twitter.com/w66RgxEYnB
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 12, 2021
The grilling comes after Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. State Department, Julie Chung, posted a tweet claiming the protests were centered around the pandemic, never once mentioning the crimes committed against by the communist regime, and completely ignoring what the protesters were actually saying and doing.
Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.
— Julie Chung (@WHAAsstSecty) July 11, 2021
Cuban refugees, conservative activists, and Republican politicians immediately called out the Biden administration for their tone deaf dismissal of the Cuban protestors and what they stood for.
Cuban Refugee Heydi Geroy called out the Biden administration:
The Cuban people have been denied the right to “peaceful assembly” for over 60 years. This is so disrespectful in so many levels to the thousands of Cubans who have faced the firing squad for just trying to peacefully protest! @WHAAsstSecty have you been living under a rock?! https://t.co/u4y0IlNslL
— Heydi Geroy (@heydi_geroy) July 12, 2021
Republican Rep. from Florida Carlos Gimenez:
The Biden Admin is totally deranged on #Cuba policy.
This isn’t some pesky protest over COVID vaccines. This is about opposing a brutal communist regime, freeing political prisoners, and demanding free elections.
If you can’t make that distinction, you are very bad at your job. https://t.co/pjWzLpEbpY
— Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) July 12, 2021
Former U.S. diplomat to Cuba Alberto Fernandez called the tweet “dull, lifeless, and dumb”
— Alberto Miguel Fernandez (@AlbertoMiguelF5) July 12, 2021
GOP Rep. From Tex Dan Crenshaw:
No they’re chanting LIBERTAD. Stop playing cover for communists and support the Cuban people. My god. Why is that so hard for you. https://t.co/gdJ3dC9SOl
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 12, 2021
Republican Senator from Florida and Cuban Marco Rubio:
This is a ridiculous tweet from @StateDept
People in #Cuba are protesting 62 years of socialism, lies,tyranny & misery not “expressing concern about rising COVID cases/deaths”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney