Remember, during the election, how we heard - over and over - that Trump admired 'strongmen' and 'authoritarian regimes'? That side of Trump pleased many on the Left, who regard many of today's authoritarian and dictatorial regimes (such as in Russia and Syria) as 'progressive'; likewise, it pleased many on the Far Right (e.g., the Paleocons, the Libertarians, many of those on the Alt-Right), who regard many of those same regimes as fellow rebels against the globalist New World Order.
Now, after Castro's death, we find President-elect Trump sounding like a Reaganite - or a neocon. Here's Trump on front page of the BBC website:
And here's neoconservative Never Trumper John Podhoretz on the front page of the doyen of neoconservative and Jewish journals, Commentary:
Here is Trump's statement on Castro in full. He sounds like your average free-market conservative, a lot like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio - or Ronald Reagan:
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Trump said in a statement released on the news of Castro’s death Saturday.
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” Trump said.
“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve,” Trump said.
“Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty,” Trump said. “I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
Just as significant is this article from the official Trumpist newspaper of record, Breitbart.Com:
Who are those four dictators? Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, Xi Jinping of China, and these two men:
Breitbart, the official organ of the Trump Republican Party, not being sufficiently reverential of Little Vladimir Putin and Ba'athist Bashar - this does not look good at all. Putinistas, Assadists and National-Trotskyites, read it and weep.