- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair marked the Friday death of Fidel Castro by declaring that the Cuban dictator had “more honor” than U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

In a Saturday post on Twitter, which has since been removed, Mr. Mair pushed back after the real-estate mogul hailed the death of the Communist strongman by tweeting, “Fidel Castro is dead!”

“He fought for his country! Still more honor than TRUMP!” Mr. Mair said.

Mr. Trump won’t be inaugurated until Jan. 20, but the Sierra Club has already declared his election “a threat to the future of our planet” and announced plans for an April 29 march on Washington, D.C.

The oldest and largest U.S. environmental group, the Sierra Club has also launched a fundraising blitz tied to Mr. Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, asking donors to “fight back against Trump” with automatic “emergency” monthly contributions.

Mr. Trump condemned Castro as a “brutal dictator” in a statement shortly after the former Cuban leader died at the age of 90.

“The world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Mr. Trump said. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”

He added that his administration would “do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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