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Canada's Justin Trudeau lambasted for effusive Castro eulogy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under heavy criticism Saturday after he issued a statement expressing "deep sorrow" at the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, calling him a "remarkable leader" and "a legendary revolutionary and orator" who "made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation."

Trudeau did not mention Castro's notorious human rights record and suppression of dissent, and a #TrudeauEulogies hashtag on Twitter soon saw users imagining him warmly remembering figures like Pol Pot, Darth Vader, and Adolf Eichmann.

Cuban-American Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed Trudeau's comments, with Cruz asking why "young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants" and Rubio wondering if Trudeau's "shameful & embarrassing" statement was actually a parody.