Former President Donald Trump‘s ex-lawyer went to Little Havana’s Versailles Restaurant the same day Cuban-Americans held a candlelight vigil outside the White House.
What We Know:
- Rudy Giuliani denounced Cuba’s government to a small crowd. He entered Versailles at 9 a.m., but began his speech at 12:30 p.m. to around 15 people; in his discussion, he called the communist regime one of the most “inhumane, indecent, horrible” ones in history.
- He continued by scorning President Joe Biden for his delayed reaction to Cuba’s July 11 protests. Despite the fact that Biden released a statement on July 12 standing in solidarity with demonstrators, Giuliani spread misinformation by saying Biden took four days to respond. He further called Biden’s response “pathetic” and criticized his leadership.
“If the president of the United States can’t speak up for freedom clearly, succinctly and with great strength, then he isn’t a real president,” Giuliani said.
- The former lawyer and New York City mayor also stated he did not believe the coronavirus pandemic provoked Cuba’s demonstrations. He concluded this because he claimed he did not see any signs that read “give me a vaccine;” instead, he only saw posters that had different versions of “Cuba Libertad.” Giuliani’s statement on this concern spread more falsities, as one of the main reasons for the protests was the regime’s insufficient control of COVID-19’s effects on the island.
- Giuliani also urged Americans to speak out against communism and implied that the Biden administration holds leniency on this issue. He added that Americans must fight these ideals just as hard as Cubans did on July 11.
- Giuliani’s attendance at the iconic Miami restaurant went unplanned. He declared that he never organized the rally and that he just chose to visit on that day.
Giuliani chose not to respond when asked about low turnout. Regardless, an attendee answered for him, explaining that many Cuban-Americans traveled to the White House to commemorate the 26th of July events and urge Biden to take military action and restore internet to Cuba.