Rubio says Fidel Castro is 'facing his maker'

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By: Aaron Dickens

As people around the world react to Fidel Castro's death, Florida senator Marco Rubio is warning that "we shouldn't create this guy into a folk hero."

In a video posted by TMZ, Rubio, who is Cuban American, says Castro is "facing his maker."

Rubio said his grandfather was living in the U.S. when Castro took power in 1959 and returned to Cuba because he thought there would be a change.

But Rubio says Castro took the country in a "horrifying" direction.

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Pope Francis (L) and former Cuban President Fidel Castro hold hands in Havana, Cuba, September 20, 2015. Picture taken September 20. REUTERS/Alex Castro/AIN/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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He says Castro is to blame for people being imprisoned, losing their lives and leaving the country.

Rubio says the only way to create change in the country, is "more people of the Castro generation passing away, combined with a new generation of leadership."

Because Castro was not in power for several years before his death, Rubio adds, "His death doesn't change anything, in terms of the political reality in Cuba."

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A man looks at newspapers' front pages at a kiosk in La Paz on November 26, 2016, the morning after Cuba's historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died aged 90. One of the world's longest-serving rulers and modern history's most singular characters, Castro defied 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. / AFP / AIZAR RALDES (Photo credit should read AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 26, 2016: Flowers at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow in memory of Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro. Castro died aged 90 on November 25, 2016. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
People watch a TV broadcasting news about the death of Fidel Castro of Cuba at the George F. L. Charles airport in Castries, St. Lucia, November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
People celebrate after the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in the Little Havana district of Miami, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Javier Galeano
The Cuban flag flies half-mast as police prevent supporters of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro from advancing towards anti-Castro demonstrators outside the Cuban Embassy in Madrid, Spain, November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera
A woman combs her hair as a television set shows the news of the death of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
People celebrate after the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in the Little Havana district of Miami, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Javier Galeano
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 26, 2016: Flowers at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow in memory of Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro. Castro died aged 90 on November 25, 2016. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
People celebrate after the announcement of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, in the Little Havana district of Miami, Florida, U.S. November 26, 2016. REUTERS/Javier Galeano
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 26, 2016: Flowers at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow in memory of Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro. Castro died aged 90 on November 25, 2016. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 26, 2016: Flowers at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow in memory of Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro. Castro died aged 90 on November 25, 2016. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
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