First President-Elect Donald Trump called out Fidel Castro for the murderous dictator that he was, and now he’s had a telephone chat with the president of Taiwan.
On Friday, Trump’s transition team announced that the president-elect had spoken to Tsai Ing-wen, the recently elected president of ROC via telephone.
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
Trump’s conversation with Tsai Ing-wen represents a breach of long-established U.S. protocol in dealing with the People’s Republic of China, as its Communist government refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the government in Taipei and claims Taiwan as its own territory.
Liberals are not happy about the move. “What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That’s how wars start,” tweeted Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.
The backlash against the phone call erupted as soon as news of it broke, and Trump clarified that he did not initiate the call. “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!” Trump tweeted Friday night.
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He also took time to call out liberals and others for their hypocrisy on the China-Taiwan issue. “Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call,” he tweeted.
While some may view Trump’s call with President Tsai as a sign of dark times ahead, for those who see the Chinese Communist Party government as a nasty, brutal, and repressive regime it was surely a shining ray of hope.
Taken with Trump’s Castro comments, it appears to indicate a willingness to acknowledge the inhuman horrors of militant leftism with a frank honesty not seen in an English-speaking world leader since the days of Reagan and Thatcher.
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Trump said in a statement issued only hours after he tweeted, “Fidel Castro is dead!”
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. 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,” the statement continued.
Trump’s sentiment stands in stark contrast to that of the countless liberals in society who ignore, excuse, or even condone the terrible actions of communist governments. We live in a world in which Black Lives Matter claims to despise oppression yet praises Castro — a man who imprisoned, tortured, and executed political opponents by the thousands.
We live in a world in which nearly one-third of millennials believe that President George W. Bush is responsible for the deaths of more people than Joseph Stalin, according to a survey released in October by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
We live in world in which Cuban-Americans watch the prime minister of a free society like Canada praise the man who murdered their grandfathers. Donald Trump isn’t having any of it.
The significance of Trump’s honesty about the crimes of communism cannot be overstated, especially for the victims of communism and their relatives and descendants. Believe me, I know.
I am a relative of victims of communism. My grandfather was Polish, and was arrested by the Soviets in 1940 when he was 15 years old. He was tortured by the NKVD before being sent to a gulag in the Ural mountains. The NKVD shot his father, my great-grandfather, and left him for dead in the woods — a victim of Stalin’s order that resulted in the event known as the Katyn Massacre.
Trump’s apparent honesty in regards to communism’s brutal crimes is an attitude I and many others had never dared hoped to see in another U.S. president.
The guardians of the status quo may be quick to chastise Trump for his conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai, but those who truly cherish liberty — and refuse to ignore the crimes of a bloodthirsty ideology that has claimed the lives of over 100 million human souls — will surely praise it.