Florida businessman Maximo Alvarez on Monday evening warned against the threat of socialism during a speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC), explaining that he fled communist Cuba when Fidel Castro and his regime took over the island nation decades ago.
Alvarez, who owns Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, said that he believes the Democratic platform espoused by nominee Joe Biden promotes socialist policies.
“Ive seen people like this before. Ive seen movements like this before. Ive seen ideas like this before. And I am here to tell you–we cannot let them take over our country,” Alvarez told the conference. “I heard the promises of Fidel Castro, and I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.”
He said that free health care, calls to defund the police, and other claims from the far-left wing of the Democratic Party “sound familiar” to asserts that were made by Castro.
In a speech endorsing President Donald Trumps reelection, Alvarez said that violence and unrest in a number of cities over the summer were reminiscent of what happened in Cuba in the 1960s.
“Those false promises—spread the wealth, free education, free healthcare, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and your community—they dont sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar,” he said.
“The country I was born in is gone, totally destroyed,” he added. “When I watch the news in Seattle and Chicago and Portland, when I see the history being rewritten, when I hear the promises—I hear echoes of a former life I never wanted to hear again. I see shadows I thought I had outrun.”
Alvarez added that hes voting for Trump because hes “fighting the forces of anarchy and communism.”
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