Shortly after launching his 2016 presidential bid, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News for a full hour Monday night where he told the story of how his Cuban-born father, Rafael Cruz, fought against the dictator in charge of Cuba at time, Fulgencio Bautista, more than a half century ago.
But Mr. Cruz, 44, didn’t once mention that his father actually had fought for Fidel Castro in the early stages of the Cuban Revolution. His dad fled the Bautista regime in Cuba in 1957, nearly two years before Castro forces succeeded in overthrowing the Bautista dictatorship.
Rafael Cruz eventually turned against Mr. Castro when he realized the revolutionary leader was a serious Marxist-Leninist who nationalized virtually every private business on the island and expropriated US. and other foreign-owned property.
In sync with the younger Cruz, Mr. Hannity also never mentioned Mr. Castro once during the entire interview with Mr. Cruz.
While the issue of Mr. Castro escaped Monday night’s conversation, Rafael Cruz, an evangelical Protestant pastor, told this reporter more than a year ago that he was wrong as a young man to have supported Mr. Castro and had subsequently “fought against” him.