Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant who is a successful gas distributor in Southern Florida, went viral after delivering an impassioned speech in front of President Trump on Friday about the virtues of living in America and told the protesters outside the White House not to be “useful idiots” in the Democrat drive to Communism.
Alvarez, the president of Sunshine Gasoline, was at a roundtable when he spoke for nearly 10 uninterrupted minutes about his childhood in Cuba and how he ended up living in the U.S. in 1961, when he was 13 years old and on his way to Spain.
He said almost 60 years later, he’s “sitting next to the president of the United States talking about the American Dream. The only country in the word—no other country in the world—that you can start a business in the trunk of your car, and within a few years of hard work, commitment and all the core values that we learn from this very culture of ours, we can become very important to our future. We can become those people who make the next generation better than the one before.”
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He said that his family fled Cuba because they did not want their children to be brainwashed by Castro and the totalitarian regime. He said they do not educate children in Havana, they indoctrinate them and offer false promises. Castro got rid of all the police and military and he destroyed anyone who helped him obtain power.
Alvarez said 99 percent of the population bought into the promises and called them “useful idiots.” Castro was treated like the second coming of Jesus and promised farmers that they would own large swaths of land and said he sees similar promises being to take hold in the U.S.
He mentioned “all the promises that we hear today about free education and free health care and free land, but my God, no freedom.”
He said he was supposed to end up in Spain as a teenager, but his brother—who was sent there earlier—died so he was kept in the U.S. He got choked up and said it was the “greatest blessing” he ever had.
He pointed to Trump and said that the president reminded him of his own father who, instead of sitting back and enjoying the fruit of his labors, continued to sacrifice for the good of his family. He said that is why he loves Trump. He remembered his father, before he died, told him, if you lose the U.S. and all its promise, “you have nowhere else to go.”
He urged the audience to explain his message to the protesters and tell them not to be “useful idiots.”