A video of Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat contending for one of Georgia’s two contested Senate seats, has resurfaced of him praising communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The 2016 video shows Warnock behind his church’s podium, giving a eulogy for Castro days after the dictator had passed away.
“We pray for the people of Cuba in this moment. We remember Fidel Castro, whose legacy is complex. Don’t let anyone tell you a simple story; life usually isn’t very simple. His legacy is complex, kind of like America’s legacy is complex,” Warnock said.
“While we focus on political prisoners in Cuba, you saw the folks standing here this morning,” he continued. “If some people get slapped on the hand for the same crime and others go to federal prison, then we too have our own political prisons because politics more than the crime politics of race and class. And in that sense, many of us have sisters and brothers who are political prisoners. We are about to pray to a man who was a political prisoner.”
Weeks before the video resurfaced, Warnock denied praising the communist leader and blamed incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, his Republican opponent, for running “smear ads” against him, while being interviewed on CNN.
When asked if he understood why “so many people view Castro as a murderous tyrant and not someone to be celebrated,” he responded, “I’ll tell you what I understand. I understand why Kelly Loeffler’s trying to change the subject.”
“Do you understand why people would be appalled by anyone celebrating Fidel Castro?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.
“Well, absolutely, and I never have,” Warnock said.
Loeffler has warned that Warnock is a “radical liberal” who’d “change America.”
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