Marco Rubio: Jay-Z, Beyoncé "Tourists Who Have No Interest in Cuban People's Freedom"

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He don't belong to your motherfuckin' "Clique."

Despite the fact that Marco Rubio's got the Kanye, Big Sean, and Jay-Z collabo track looping through his Spotify playlist (not to mention Tupac's "Changes," Flo Rida's "Good Feeling," and Pitbull's "Bon Bon"), it's not like the Florida junior senator's some sort of softie for hip-hop celebs.

The proof: He's playing political hardball with Mr. and Mrs. Shawn and Beyoncé Carter over their recent U.S. Treasury-approved vacay in Cuba, demanding that the "Obama administration explain."

UPDATE The Treasury Department has officially confirmed that Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba was indeed "authorized."

UPDATE #2 Ros-Lehtinen still insists Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba "was a wedding anniversary vacation that was not even disguised as a cultural program."

UPDATE #3 Jay-Z's finally responded to his Cuba haters with a new track called "Open Letter" and words like, "Obama said, 'Chill, you gon get me impeached.'"

UPDATE #4 Pitbull has dropped a rap response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba visit, offering to pay for the trip.

UPDATE #5 Problem Kids have released "Useful Idiot" about Jay-Z: "The real cuba is not what he portrayed"

UPDATE #6 Obama has commented on Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba, saying: ""This is not something the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do."

See also:
-Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are In Cuba Right Now
-Jay-Z, Beyoncé in Cuba "Funds Machinery of Oppression," Say Florida Reps
-Jay-Z, Beyoncé in Cuba Was Approved by U.S. Treasury as "People-to-People" Cultural Visit


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In response to Barack and team "not properly enforcing U.S. law banning American tourism to Cuba," Rubio lashed out (via rubio.senate.gov) at both the White House and the Roc House.

"U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime," Rubio writes.

"Since their inception, the Obama Administration's 'people to people' cultural exchange programs have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people's freedom and either don't realize or don't care that they're essentially funding the regime's systematic trampling of people's human rights.

"According to recent news reports, Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip, which the regime seized on for propaganda purposes, was fully licensed by the Treasury Department.

"If true, the Obama Administration should explain exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba and it should disclose how many more of these trips they have licensed."

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Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

In the words of the best rap lyricist, NAS; .." f@ck Jay Z,"... Rubio for President!!!

Juan Alberto Fernandez
Juan Alberto Fernandez

Castro,Pinochet,Hussein and Bin laden.What do these guys have in common?They were all CIA employees.

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

interesting how people so concerned with freedom of Cubans in Cuba would prohibit Americans from travelling freely.  Pants-on-fire Rubio is also a hypocrite.

clayton44
clayton44

Another tool/hatchet man for the Republican Party.  I wish I had the time to go through his contributor list to see how many human rights violators he is willing to take money from without complaiing.

Juan Mena
Juan Mena

I'm sure it's at the top of Obama's priority list. It's not like North Korea is threatening to attack with nuclear weapons. I have a hard time taking Marco Rubio seriously after he said that he believed the Earth could realistically be 6,000 years old.

Joao De Nacimiento
Joao De Nacimiento

Marko Rubio, the guy who had half a million dollar home, and said his mom was on medicare.

bingo4
bingo4

why do these people always attack African Americans.

Juan Velez
Juan Velez

@phil you are right and the moment the embargo is lifted and the situation I'm Cuba changes. .. they will be out of buSiness. .. no les conviene. Just like you said... opportunistic.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Are they interested in Cuba's freedom, and by "THEY" I mean those of the Cuban Mafia (Diaz-Balarts, that Ileana midget and now this opportunist cocksucker!!!). They're not, only for the money the Feds shell every year, plus all the "local donations"... They're not patriots, but business people.

Michelle Oney
Michelle Oney

So Barbara, tell us exactly how many Communist countries you've visited/lived in. You seem to be such an expert on the subject... surely you've actually stepped foot in one.

George Leyva Jr.
George Leyva Jr.

The embargo has never worked because we still have Communism on that island. You've only pissed off the locals towards people like Rubio. We trade with human rights violators like China and Saudi Arabia so the hypocrisy just pisses me off

Mariana Rebolledo
Mariana Rebolledo

And are we aware of every other country that is struggling? Haiti for example. Every Tourists has the right to go see, come home ....and do what they want about it. Let each country resolve its matters. The people rule.

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

Ay please they were just on vacation! Who cares! Its not like they're going to change what Castro does!

Juan Velez
Juan Velez

Doesn't the emargo and laws preventing american tourism to Cuba help contribute to the poor econimic conditions in Cuba? Doesn't the embargo and lack of money coming in to Cuba just hurt the Cuban people?

Geo Rubio
Geo Rubio

i agree with marco rubio because we have the same last name

James Fleming
James Fleming

Obviously some people are ignorant about the conditions within China, Russia and elsewhere which are MUCH WORSE than Cuba and impact MANY MILLIONS MORE. As to being "proud" of America and it's history of wars, destruction, death, exploitation of people and natural resources throughout the world and here at home, no I'm not very proud at all, and I am outright disgusted with Washington Politics and the reality that BIG MONEY and Special Interests OWN AMERICA!

bknoefler
bknoefler

Typical of our cuban elected officials who have wasted all of their political capital for the past 40 years on Cuba issues while ignoring the issues that affect their own electorate.  I thought that this would change with the dying out of the older generation but, just like the tea party, their are always young fanatics who just don't get it..


Mike Rivero
Mike Rivero

I was waiting for the Obama/Communist comparison.... sigh. As a Cuban American, this appalls me. The embargo has not worked, it is a scapegoat the the Castro Regime to show the people, as a reason for their problems. We should just remove it and treat Cuba like any other nation we trade with. If Americans want to travel to Cuba (millions do) then let them, that will probably have a better effect on Cuba than the embargo ever did.

Richard Advocat
Richard Advocat

lol @ Barbara casually rationalizing and dismissing China's human rights violations through how "capitalist" they are. That country makes Cuba look like utopia by comparison. The level of ignorance on display is staggering.

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

Same Cubans complaining about this will be at MIA on Friday with their gusanos packed ready to spend big bucks on the jinteras/jinteros of Havana.

Jorge Reyes
Jorge Reyes

What does this creep care about Cuba? Enough with this crap about who goes to Cuba and who doesn't. A shame to all Cubans who think, talk, and act like those nuts in Washington.

Barbara Pernaris
Barbara Pernaris

@Joe above: You make no sense. You figured that after 50 years Obama supporters would have seen the light and have NOT voed a socialist-communist into the WH. Is that what you mean?? GET A CLUE!

Richard Advocat
Richard Advocat

To my fellow Cubans, We are not the center of the Universe. Get off your high horse.

Barbara Pernaris
Barbara Pernaris

@Martha above: And what does not have to do with Cuba? In Cuba kids die daily because of huger and sickness. Guns are NOT a problem, PEOPLE are!

Barbara Pernaris
Barbara Pernaris

I've noticed, that when people don;t know any different or better, they are usually "Content" with what they have and how they live. Content DOES NOT MEAN HAPPY, btw... @michelle above. And if that was the case, immigration would NOT exists. Let's keep in mind that cubans risk their lives on a raft to the US on a daily basis... because the dispair on hunger and other issues is so great, they rather die at sea.

Amy Arce
Amy Arce

Oh Rubio! Tan Lindo, now go focus on real issues.

Amy Arce
Amy Arce

^^^^ Um you dont know there are thousands of ppl including MY FAMILY that are starving in cuba due to a "communist party" and my family were pull apart due to it to. I almost lost both of my grandfather and Oh best part both of parents grew up without their fathers because they were fighting for freedom.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

After 50 years you'd think Rubio and other regressive thinkers might see the light... guess not.

Michelle Oney
Michelle Oney

Vietnam is a Communist country and the people seem perfectly content here. Just saying.

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

this has nothing to do with obama and everything to do with greedy, dumb fucks - namely jayz and beyonce.

Martha Kaplan Backer
Martha Kaplan Backer

Wish he would work on the Gun Laws, and think of the kids dying by drive by shootings, background checks, etc....

Barbara Pernaris
Barbara Pernaris

James: 1-Russia is no linger communist and China is only communist in name. They are more capitalists than we are! 2- And the only ignorant irrelevant comment here, and I apologize for pointing out your level of intellect, is what you just said. Cuba and its people have been repressed from FREEDOM and everything BASIC as CIVIL RIGHTS, for over 50 years. Castro and his regime stand AGAINST EVERYTHING these two have accomplished in their lives, because of their talents and the freedom and opportunities ONLY this country of ours have to offer. GET A CLUE AND BE THANKFUL YOU ARE AMERICAN. FOOL!!!! COMMUNISM IS AN FAILED IDEOLOGY THAT ONLY REPRESSES PEOPLE AND THER SPIRIT!

Joey Glez
Joey Glez

Rubio needs to STFU just like Danny Ainge

James Fleming
James Fleming

STOP THE NONSENSE! How about the tens of thousands who travel to Russia, China and elsewhere every year? Until the GOP speaks to real issues and realities they will continue to be irrelevant and diminish...

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

@Geo Rubio so sorry for you

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