Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went toe to toe with the Biden administration for asking the United Nations to investigate “systemic racism” in American policing. Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, told Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “ask them to go to Cuba.”
It was on Wednesday that Antony Blinken made it known that the Biden administration intended to grant United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet a “formal, standing invitation” to scrutinize “systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent in the context of law enforcement.” Michelle Bachelet has worked with the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is an organization that includes Cuba, China, Venezuela, and other nations with authoritarian regimes.
“Responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record; rather, they should acknowledge it with the intent to improve,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement released late Tuesday.
“As the President has repeatedly made clear, great nations such as ours do not hide from our shortcomings; they acknowledge them openly and strive to improve with transparency,” Blinken said.
“In so doing, we not only work to set the standard for national responses to these challenges, we also strengthen our democracy, and give new hope and motivation to human rights defenders across the globe.”
.@SecBlinken instead of asking the @UN to come here & tell us how “racist” America is, why don’t you ask them to go to #Cuba where an evil socialist regime storms into peoples homes,beats the crap out of them & then drags them away?#SOSCubaLibre https://t.co/sTEmsvDT8L pic.twitter.com/7hSYPCZK0s
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 14, 2021
The invitation serves as a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s approach to human rights issues. In fact, former President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the UN Human Rights Council in 2018. But President Joe Biden rejoined it earlier this year, and made fighting racial injustice a key part of his 2020 campaign.
Rubio saw the inconsistency of the White House’s invitation. He tweeted this message: “@SecBlinken instead of asking the @UN to come here & tell us how ‘racist’ America is, why don’t you ask them to go to #Cuba where an evil socialist regime storms into peoples homes, beats the crap out of them & then drags them away?” The senator also posted a video of Cuban police officers arresting citizens.
This past weekend, Cubans began to protest against the lack of civil liberties and impoverished conditions caused by the island’s communist regime. While this was happening, our own “progressive” lawmakers remained silent. It was conservatives, especially those with Cuban family connections, that pushed President Biden and his administration to support the protests.
Senator Rubio used his time on the Senate floor to give a passionate speech telling American officials to oppose the Cuban government. He pushed that we be “clear about whose side we’re on.” He also said we should refuse to change Trump-era policies, making it a “top priority to allow the people of Cuba to have free, unfettered open internet access.”
Rubio also challenged our European allies to stop giving cover to the Cuban regime, and refusing to tolerate a mass migration event to American shores.
Rubio was joined by Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) who proposed a resolution to support the Cuban people in their opposition to “the brutal oppression of the Communist dictatorship in Cuba.” Diaz-Balart said that Cubans “have struggled for freedom and human rights under a brutal, repressive dictatorship,” noting that “the Cuban people will be free, and they will remember those who stood with them.”
And Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) joined in with these politicians asking that the Biden administration endorse anti-government protests in Cuba: “As the daughter of a Cuban refugee and as someone who still has relatives on the Island, this ongoing situation in Cuba is incredibly personal to me. The United States must stand with the Cuban people who are displaying courage by protesting the communist regime that has destroyed their lives for the last 60 years.”