By: Aaron Dickens
As people around the world react to Fidel Castro’s death, Florida senator Marco Rubio is warning that “we shouldn’t create this guy into a folk hero.”
In a video posted by TMZ, Rubio, who is Cuban American, says Castro is “facing his maker.”
Rubio said his grandfather was living in the U.S. when Castro took power in 1959 and returned to Cuba because he thought there would be a change.
But Rubio says Castro took the country in a “horrifying” direction.
See photos of Fidel Castro throughout his life:
Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during a March, 1985 interview at his presidential palace in Havana. Castro, a Havana attorney who fought for the poor, overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista’s government on Jan. 1, 1959. He defeated a U.S. attempt, known as The Bay of Pigs invasion, to overthrow his revolutionary regime on April 19, 1961. Afterwards, Cuba armed itself with Soviet nuclear missiles aimed at the United States which almost brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. Castro’s communist regime still exists in Cuba, 90 miles from the U.S., at the close of the 20th century. (AP Photo/ Charles Tasnadi)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, speaks as Cuban President Fidel Castro, center, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter listen during a visit to a center for genetic engineering and biotechnology in Havana, Cuba, Monday, May 13, 2002. Carter is the first U.S. head of office, in or out of office, to visit communist Cuba since the 1959 revolution that put Castro in power. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
He says Castro is to blame for people being imprisoned, losing their lives and leaving the country.
Rubio says the only way to create change in the country, is “more people of the Castro generation passing away, combined with a new generation of leadership.”
Because Castro was not in power for several years before his death, Rubio adds, “His death doesn’t change anything, in terms of the political reality in Cuba.”
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