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WATCH: Raphael Warnock memorializes Fidel Castro, defends ‘complex’ legacy


The memo:

  • Raphael Warnock seemingly eulogized Fidel Castro two days after the Cuban dictator's death.
  • The Democratic Senate candidate defended Castro's 'complex' legacy.
  • Warnock had recently claimed he 'never' celebrated Castro.

A shocking video has been newly unearthed that shows Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock seemingly eulogizing Fidel Castro two days after the Cuban dictator’s death in 2016.

In the video, first reported by Breitbart, Warnock can be seen addressing his congregation from the pulpit.

“We pray for the people of Cuba in this moment,” Warnock said with a somber tone. “We remember Fidel Castro, whose legacy is complex.”

“Don’t let anyone tell you a simple story. Life usually isn’t very simple,” the Democrat continued. “His legacy is complex, kind of like America’s legacy is complex.”


This would appear to contradict Warnock’s claim in recent weeks that he has “never” celebrated Castro.

The 2016 clip was brought to light following Georgia Memo’s report about Castro being invited to address Warnock’s then-church in 1995. Warnock has refused to say whether he was present at this “lovefest” for Castro in which the crowd adoringly chanted “Fidel! Fidel! Fidel!”

The latest news also comes after Georgia Memo earlier this week broke the report that Warnock in his own past writings has expressed support for Marxism and socialism. Castro, of course, was a Marxist. Warnock refused to renounce Marxism and socialism when asked directly during Sunday’s debate.

Warnock faces U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on January 5. However, the Castro issue is bleeding into Georgia’s other Senate race between U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Jon Ossoff, as well.

Indeed, Ossoff has called Warnock a “moral leader for our state and country,” and at this point the essential running mates own each other’s scandals.

“Jon Ossoff sells himself as morally superior, but when you peel back the layers of his message-tested cocoon, he is exactly the opposite,” stated Perdue for Senate communications director John Burke. “He’s eager to campaign with radical liberals like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Raphael Warnock, but he won’t answer for their extremism and the media isn’t holding him accountable. Ossoff must make it clear: Does he agree with his running mate’s praise of Fidel Castro?”

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at