In their struggle against Cuba’s dictatorial regime, a group of far-left Democrats voted against a congressional resolution supporting democracy for the Cuban people. The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution criticizing the Cuban government’s “acts of repression” and demanding the release of Cuban citizens who have been unfairly arrested.
The vote reflects the Democratic Party’s shift to the left and adoption of socialism. In previous years, a vote like this would have quickly cleared the House with bipartisan support. Members of the “Squad” are known for their support for socialism and anti-Israel sentiment. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were among those who voted against the bill (D. Mich.).
After massive anti-government rallies in the summer, more than three dozen Democrats voted against a House resolution asking for solidarity with Cubans. On Wednesday, 40 Democrats, mainly from the progressive caucus, voted “no.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) introduced the resolution, which received Democratic support and House approval.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said the opposition votes demonstrate “how extremist the Democratic Party leadership is.” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) explained his vote, claiming that the resolution failed to acknowledge the United States’ role in contributing to ordinary Cubans’ “suffering.” Thousands of Cubans came to the streets in July to protest food and pharmaceutical shortages, as well as the Covid-19 outbreak.
Moreover, many Cubans live in South America and observe domestic politics through their own nations’ socialist histories. Some individuals object to Cuba’s involvement in leftist movements in nations like El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Following the July 11 assault on largely peaceful protestors clamoring for freedom in Cuba, advocates for reversing Trump’s tightening of the US embargo have increased their pressure on the administration. President Joe Biden campaigned on undoing some of former President Donald Trump’s Cuba restrictions, but he has so far maintained them. “The people of Cuba need to figure out their political destiny,” said Jason Poblete, an attorney who represents many Americans detained abroad, including one in Cuba.