Justin Trudeau tries to woo back supporters by tempering comments on Castro

Marcus Gilmer

A day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke hearts by praising Fidel Castro in the wake of the Cuban leader's death, everyone's favorite Canadian since Michael J. Fox stood by his comments while making some allowances for Castro's darker side.

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Trudeau kicked off an uproar on Saturday morning when he released a statement that spoke of Castro's "tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people" and called Castro a "legendary revolutionary and orator" as well as "remarkable."

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Speaking at a conference in Madagascar, Trudeau stood by his original comments, but tried to frame them in a more historical context.

Recognizing issues surrounding Castro and his abuse of human rights, Trudeau said, "The fact is Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people. He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights. That's something I'm open about and that I've highlighted."

Trudeau also defended himself, saying his statement was meant to show the deep connections between Canadians and Cubans and defended his own actions on human rights, name-checking Castro's brother, current Cuban president Raul.

Additionally, when asked if Castro was a dictator, Trudeau said, "yes."

Trudeau's original comments led to swift reaction on the internet, including — of course — a hashtag.

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It's not the first time Trudeau found himself memed, and it surely won't be the last.