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Democratic Congressman Compares Trump to Castro

Rep. Steve Cohen sees 'personality traits' shared by president-elect and late Cuban dictator

Strident ad hominem attacks on President-Elect Donald Trump did not end with the new year.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) on Tuesday compared Trump to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The Cuban leader, Cohen said on CNN, “loved to talk for long periods of time, hated disloyalty and dissent and eliminated it, and was very much an egocentric individual.”

Castro “loved to talk for long periods of time, hated disloyalty and dissent and eliminated it, and was very much an egocentric individual.”

CNN anchor Carol Costello pushed back. Was the House Judiciary Committee member really likening Trump to Castro?

“Personality traits, indeed,” Cohen responded.

The congressman, who has represented the Memphis area since 2007, recommended that viewers watch “The Cuba Libre.” The eight-part Netflix documentary offers a detailed portrait of Castro’s personality characteristics, which Cohen suggested resemble those of the incoming president.

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“Castro needed to be the center of attention at all times,” he said. “He executed certain of his comrades for trumped-up charges because he wanted total control and wanted to put that fear into people. He was very close to his family, and he had a multitudinous family. Didn’t trust others. And it was all about him and public speaking and he liked to speak ad infinitum.”

Cohen did not say which comrades Trump might “execute.” He did, however, say Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress would kill sick people if they followed through with their pledges to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“People are going to die because they can’t get health care,” he said.

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