Justin Trudeau tries to woo back supporters by tempering comments on Castro

Justin Trudeau tries to woo back supporters by tempering comments on Castro

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clarified his previous statement on Fidel Castro on SundayCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clarified his previous statement on Fidel Castro on Sunday
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2016%2f09%2f16%2f8f%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lza3.f09f1By Marcus Gilmer2016-11-28 00:40:38 UTC

A day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke hearts by praising Fidel Castro in the wake of the Cuban leader's death, everyone's favorite Canadian since Michael J. Fox stood by his comments while making some allowances for Castro's darker side.

Trudeau kicked off an uproar on Saturday morning when he released a statement that spoke of Castro's "tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people" and called Castro a "legendary revolutionary and orator" as well as "remarkable."

Speaking at a conference in Madagascar, Trudeau stood by his original comments, but tried to frame them in a more historical context.

#WATCH Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "open about human rights" when it comes to Castro pic.twitter.com/AtFggq02ss

— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 27, 2016

Recognizing issues surrounding Castro and his abuse of human rights, Trudeau said, "The fact is Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people. He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights. That’s something I’m open about and that I’ve highlighted."

Trudeau also defended himself, saying his statement was meant to show the deep connections between Canadians and Cubans and defended his own actions on human rights, name-checking Castro's brother, current Cuban president Raul.

Additionally, when asked if Castro was a dictator, Trudeau said, "yes."

Trudeau's original comments led to swift reaction on the internet, including — of course — a hashtag.

Yes, Fidel Castro murdered, tortured, and imprisoned thousands, but unlike Donald Trump he never attacked Rosie O'Donnell #trudeaueulogies

— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) November 27, 2016

Here's some of the best #trudeaueulogies I saw today pic.twitter.com/xJnOAO4VUt

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) November 27, 2016

While a controversial figure, Robespierre led France w/ a clear vision & firm resolve while others were losing their heads #trudeaueulogies

— Mike Lewis (@mfjlewis) November 27, 2016

It's not the first time Trudeau found himself memed, and it surely won't be the last.

BONUS: Justin Trudeau and President Obama clearly have an inside joke about moving to Canada if Trump wins

Topics: Canada, cuba, fidel castro, Justin Trudeau, World

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