Democrats have a long-running love affair with Marxist revolutionaries. Displaying the mentality of a starry-eyed high school girl whose infatuation with the bad boy blinds her to danger, Democrats seem to lose all semblance of objectivity when it comes to these leftist terrorists. Both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton freed Marxist terrorists as they were leaving office and now Barack Obama has followed suit in his freeing of Oscar López Rivera.
López Rivera was convicted in 1981 for his actions in working to build bombs intended to destroy government property, seditious conspiracy, for the illegal transportation of firearms and armed robbery. He was sentence to 55 years in prison. López Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican Marxist terrorist organization known as the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), which was responsible for nearly 150 bombings and several armed robberies. The group was active from 1974 to 1983. One bombing in New York City in 1975 killed four and injured more than 50 people. FALN’s objective was to “free” Puerto Rico from U.S. control and bring about a Cuban-like communist dictatorship on the island.
New York City Councilman Joe Borelli stated, “Commuting his sentence proves that Obama and most liberals are out of touch with reality and [are] willing to sacrifice all norms in the name of progressivism.” Meanwhile, leftists like Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame celebrated, tweeting that he was “sobbing with gratitude.” And one-time member of the Weather Underground terrorist group — infamous Obama buddy Bill Ayers — excitedly tweeted, “Oscar Lopez freed!”
This decision is actually not surprising given Obama’s actions in normalizing relations with communist Cuba. He ignored the atrocities committed by Fidel Castro’s regime as he has now overlooked the guilt of a similarly un-repentant terrorist, who refused Clinton’s offer of a pardon in 1999 on the condition that he disavow the use of terrorism. Talk about un-American.
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