The Republican presidential race is “the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” former Cuban president Fidel Castro wrote in an opinion piece on Wednesday.
Castro made his comments in his latest column of “reflections” on a Cuban government website, attacking the Republican candidates two days after their debate in Florida.
“The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been,” he wrote, according to The Associated Press.
During the debate, Romney responded to a question of how he would react to a 3 a.m. announcement of Castro’s death by referencing the Jan. 19 death of Cuban prisoner Wilman Villar.
“We just had, with Wilman Villar, his life was just lost in a hunger strike fighting for democracy,” Romney said.
Castro wrote that Villar was a common criminal and not a political dissident, the AP reported.
Castro did not reference the comments that Romney and Newt Gingrich made about what they would do if he died, the AP wrote. Romney said he would “thank heavens” Castro had “returned to his maker,” while Gingrich said, “I don’t think Fidel’s going to meet his maker. I think he’s going to go to the other place.”
The former Cuban president wrote he was too busy to spend any additional time evaluating the Republican field.