Congressman compares Trump to third world dictator

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) compared President-elect Donald Trump to third-world regime dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba, saying the two men had the same personality traits.

Cohen, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, made the comment on Tuesday to CNN’s Carol Costello, who later pushed back against against the comparison.

Citing Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence sources saying Russia is responsible for attempting to sway the U.S. election by hacking the Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta’s email and the Democratic National Committee’s email system, Cohen told Costello:

The last two people in the Western hemisphere that I remember being so close to Russia were Armand Hammer, who loved oil and money, and Fidel Castro, who loved to talk for long periods of time, hated disloyalty and dissent and eliminated it and was very much an egocentric individual.

Castro died in November, but for decades he ruled over the Cuban people, denying them basic human rights, executing his political opponents and siding with Russia against the U.S. throughout the Cold War. Armand Hammer was an American businessman who ran Occidental Petroleum, developing close ties to the former Soviet Union as he went about his corporate dealings.


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