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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was jeered by anti-communist protesters at a campaign event in South Florida earlier this week.

The Miami Herald reported that Pelosi was stumping for two House Democratic candidates, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, at an event in Coral Gables when the protesters confronted her.

According to the Herald, Pelosi raised the ire of the Cuban American community in South Florida because the event originally was to include fellow California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who had praised former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro following his death in late November 2016. Lee has also voted against sanctioning Venezuela’s socialist dictatorial regime.

At the time of Castro’s death, the Oakland Democrat told The San Jose Mercury Times that “we need to stop and pause and mourn his loss” and that she was “very sad for the Cuban people.”

“He led a revolution in Cuba that led social improvements for his people,” Lee said of Castro.

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The congresswoman also chastised then President-elect Donald Trump for seeming to celebrate the death of the brutal dictator in a brief tweet, “Fidel Castro is dead!”

“It’s not presidential at all,” Lee contended.

With controversy regarding her planned attendance at the event building, the lawmaker bowed out, opting to campaign in neighboring Georgia instead.

Politico reported that about 57 percent of the district’s voters where Shalala is running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are Hispanic, the bulk of whom are Cuban-American.

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“In addition to Cuban exiles, the district also has Venezuelans who despise dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime and immigrants from Nicaragua, many of whom oppose socialist Daniel Ortega,” the news outlet added.

A group of about 40 protesters spotted Pelosi at the Wednesday event and began yelling at her.

Warning: The video below includes foul language that may be offensive to some viewers.

A man in a video of the encounter can be heard saying to the minority leader (seen in a white pantsuit), “Look at Nancy Pelosi, right here. Look at this piece of sh– Pelosi, right here.”

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“You don’t belong here you f—ing communist,” he yelled. Others not seen in the video called out, “communista.”

Some then banged on a door that Pelosi and others had just passed through, while protesters chanted “socialism sucks.”

Unlike Lee, the House minority leader did not offer praise for Castro upon his death. In fact, she issued a statement, saying, “Generations of Cuban political prisoners, democracy activists and families suffered under Fidel Castro’s rule.”

Shalala told local CBS News affiliate WFOR-TV that she does not agree with Lee regarding Castro either.

“Let me make it clear, not every member of Congress that comes down here do we agree with on every issue. But particularly on the Cuban issue or Nicaraguan issue, or the Venezuelan issue, this time we want to make our positions clear. We are not socialists, we are not communist, and we want nothing to do with those people,” she said.

When asked about the protests, Miami-Dade County GOP Chairman Nelson Diaz argued the Democrat event planners were clearly out of touch with local sentiment.

“There are still Cubans in the congressional district who hate Fidel Castro and they don’t like someone praising Fidel Castro,” he told Politico.

“The problem for Shalala — and I’m not personally accusing her of being a socialist or a communist — is it reinforces our narrative that Donna isn’t from here,” Diaz added. “She doesn’t understand the community. She has no real roots. The Democrats were so clueless that they didn’t shut this down instantly. It’s crazy.”

A Mason-Dixon poll published last week shows Shalala trailing GOP rival Spanish-language TV newswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, 44 to 42 percent.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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