With the death of Cuban political leader and Dictator Fidel Castro last week and the victory of Donald Trump last month, the political panorama in the world keeps ever changing. Some analysts have publicly drawn parallels between the two political leaders, even if, at a first glance, it might seem that they both stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to principles, convictions, and political views. However, you might be surprised to hear that the two have more in common than meets the eye.
Fidel Castro gained international popularity back in the 50s when he led a group of Cuban insurgents to depose the then Cuban president Batista, who was an extreme right wing party leader and was an important ally to the US. This guerrilla campaign led by Castro failed and he was imprisoned, although he was later pardoned and released to Mexico, where he met Che Guevara. After years and long efforts to bring about a revolution in Cuba, they succeeded, eventually, Batista’s government subsided, he fled the country and Castro became the new de facto leader, for nearly 70 years. There is no doubt that Castro became a dictator himself too, holding power and impeding democracy for more than half a century.
According to the declassified archives of the CIA, there were nearly 600 assassination attempts on Castro’s life by the US government; none of them successful. In any case, Donald Trump resembles Castro in the way that he delivers his speeches, which appeal to half the population he addresses and enrages the other half. Trump can be seen as a charismatic leader despite the controversial slurs he makes use of, aimed at staining the reputation of immigrants in the US. In the same way, Castro used his charisma to encourage people to reject “foreign values” such as non-Latin American art, homosexuality, capitalism, imperialism, casinos and gambling activities and games, such as Blackjack and many others that were banned in Cuba.