Clips from a new documentary posted online recently show Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) saying, “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.”
Ros-Lehtinen quickly disavowed the comments and gave a long, tortured explanation about how the video was doctored:
Ros-Lehtinen, who has never hid her loathing for Castro, says the clip was spliced together.
Watch the video closely, she says. She says her lips aren’t saying what the audio says she is. At one point in the clip, a sharp-eyed viewer can see what appears to be a skip in the filming.
“It’s twisted in a way that gives the viewer a totally wrong impression,” Ros-Lehtinen said Friday. “I’ve said the community has moved on, that those strategies are not being used today, but apparently the filmmakers think we’re still in a `60s mentality.”
Director Dollan Cannell has now released the unedited version of the Ros-Lehtinen interview, confirming that nothing was doctored. Watch it:
In response to a question about whether there is an “argument for assassination” of Fidel Castro, Lehtinen clearly states, “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who was oppressing … oppressing the people, and if they don’t assassinate and if they bring him to trial, I welcome the opportunity to having him meet the … a jury of his peers and answer.” (Full transcript here.)
Cannell has called Ros-Lehtinen’s accusations “completely, totally false” and called on her “to retract what she said and to apologize.” Ros-Lehtinen had “no comment” on the new footage.