CNN's Cuomo: Castro Regime All About Lifting Up the People

Communism. Such a beautiful ideal.

On CNN's New Day today, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira asked Chris Cuomo about his "culturally-appropriate garb," giving him an an opportunity to wax eloquent about the inspirational aim of the Castro regime -- "to truly make everyone equal, not at the lowest level; not by demoralizing everyone; but lifting everyone up."

Cuomo, son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, was covering President Obama's "historic" visit to Cuba when Camerota brought up his "guayabera," his shirt, which she described as "culturally appropriate."

If a conservative reporter had been wearing a Cuban shirt, the left would have gone ballistic and staged protests accusing him of the unforgivable crime of "cultural appopriation." But that hypocrisy sails right over Camerota's head.

Cuomo responded that the shirt had been given to his father by Fidel Castro, but that "it didn't mean something to [his father] because it came from Fidel Castro necessarily, but because it marked conversations going on decades ago that were the same as those today."

Co-host Pereira, who could barely restrain her lust for Cuomo, found this to be a profound point, even though we haven't been having "conversations" with Castro for the last half-century so much as an adversarial relationship.

Cuomo continued, saying that for his father and Fidel Castro (and now Fidel's brother Raoul),

"...the concern was the freedom of the people. What is the point of this communist regime if it is not to truly make everyone equal — not at the lowest level; not by demoralizing everyone; but lifting everyone up? My father, generations of politicians, have been fighting this. So, I wear this shirt as a reminder of that, and of my pop."

Camerota practically applauded. "That's great, Chris! I mean, so much history, from the clothing to the land."

Yes, so much history of human rights abuses, torture, murder, thuggery, poverty and oppression, all thanks to the communist regime working so hard to elevate the people and make everyone truly equal. But let's focus on the history of Chris Cuomo's clothing instead.

Newbusters has the transcript (and video above) of the repellant exchange:

CAMEROTA: Chris, we can't help but notice your culturally-appropriate garb that you're wearing. Tell us the history of your shirt.

CUOMO: My guayabera?

CAMEROTA: Yes—

PEREIRA: Yeah!

CUOMO: Yes, yes. You have a very keen eye—

PEREIRA: We do for most of your clothing—

CUOMO: I wear this for — I wear this for (laughs) — I'll let that go, Mick. I wear this for a reason: this shirt belonged to my father. It was given to him by Fidel Castro as a gift that — you know, it didn't mean something to him because it came from Fidel Castro necessarily, but because it marked conversations going on decades ago that were the same as those today.

The concern was the freedom of the people. What is the point of this communist regime if it is not to truly make everyone equal — not at the lowest level; not by demoralizing everyone; but lifting everyone up? My father, generations of politicians, have been fighting this. So, I wear this shirt as a reminder of that, and of my pop. So, there's your answer, ladies—

We're pretty sure that the point of this and every communist regime is not the elevation of the people, but a totalitarian degree of power for the regime itself. But that's too realistic a perspective on communism for the starry-eyed Cuomo and his enraptured cohorts, for whom the communist ideal of true equality is a beautiful if elusive one.

PEREIRA: You look good in your pop's shirt. You look fantastic—

CAMEROTA: That's great, Chris! I mean, so much history—

PEREIRA: Right?

CAMEROTA: — from the clothing to the land. Thanks so much, Chris, for telling us that story.

Yes, thanks Chris. Thanks for that tribute to communism and the regime that swept hundreds of dissidents off the streets just in time for Obama's "historic" arrival.

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