主持菲德尔·卡斯特罗(Fidel Castro)的牧师向沃诺克竞选捐赠了数千美元

主持菲德尔·卡斯特罗(Fidel Castro)的牧师向沃诺克竞选捐赠了数千美元

转速. 博士. 卡尔文·巴茨三世, senior pastor of the church that hosted Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 1995 and also employed Rev. 拉斐尔·沃诺克, has donated thousands of dollars to the reverend’s Senate campaign.

当时, Butts praised Castro asone of the great leaders of the world.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing, Butts has offered $ 1,500 in donations since Nov. 27, totaling $ 3,250 for the election cycle.

Democrat Warnock is facing off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of two highly contentious 乔治亚州参议院径流 一月. 5 that will determine the control of the Senate.

Warnock’s campaign has said he was a junior member of the staff at the time Castro spoke at the church and was not a decision-maker. Warnock was a youth pastor for the church at the time.

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1995 事件 came as the U.S. allowed Castro to stay within a 25-mile radius of the United Nations in New York City, 他在哪里 denounced the U.S.’s embargo on Cuba and received applause from some at the General Assembly.

Castro received a similarly warm reception at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where Warnock worked at the time. The Miami Herald reported at the time that Castroblast[ed] the United States with the vigor that was missing from his speech to the United Nations earlier in the day and winding up the evening with a rousing rendition of the socialist hymn Internationale.

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C-SPAN footage of the event, head pastor Butts appears to praise Castro, prompting chants ofFidel! Fidel! Fidel!” from the audience. A translation of Castro’s speech revealed him wondering why he was welcomed at the church, and noting that he changed from his business suit into military fatigues as he prepared for the event. He also described the blockade ascrazy” 和 “obsolete.What appears to be additional footage on YouTube pans to the audience cheering Castro.

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Butts defended the decision to invite Castro, arguing it wasin our tradition to welcome those who are visionary, who are revolutionary, and who seek the freedom of all of the people around the world.

福克斯新闻’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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