Via Steve BenenNoting that the United States had apprehended 1,000 people from Cuba in 2005, Thompson said, "I don't imagine they're coming here to bring greetings from Castro. We're living in the era of the suitcase bomb." Fidel Castro is Cuba's leader.
A video clip of Thompson's remark immediately circulated on YouTube and has drawn considerable attention in Florida, a key early primary state home to many Republican-leaning Cuban Americans.
As a Miami native, perhaps I'm slightly more attuned to the concerns of Cuban-Americans, but one need not be a Dolphins fan to know that Thompson's comments were surprisingly dumb. Immigrants from Cuba are fleeing Castro's dictatorship, not plotting to kill Americans.
What's more, Cuban-Americans generally vote Republican and have always been considered a key GOP constituency by presidential candidates hoping to win Florida's 27 electoral votes.
I've lived in Miami on and off for 20 years, and all I can say to Steve's words is amen, and pass the christianos y moros.