Ethel Kennedy has discovered to cease worrying and love Che Guevara.
The 92-year-old Kennedy clan matriarch’s late husband Robert and brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy, might have confronted off in opposition to a Russia-aligned Cuba within the notorious 1962 Missile Disaster — however that didn’t cease her from placing the face of the communist nation’s revolutionary hero on a mantle at her Palm Seaside residence, The Submit has discovered.
In actual fact, her household says she’s been a fan of Guevara for years — and makes no apology about it.
“My mother loves Che Guevara. Her canine is called Che,” her son, Robert Kennedy Jr., informed The Submit. “My mother has a subversive streak.”
Ethel Kennedy’s standing as comrade to the late Cuban revolution hero was outed inadvertently when her granddaughter, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo — one in every of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daughters — posted a image to Twitter of the household celebrating the nonagenarian’s birthday at her Florida residence.
Within the background, was a framed image of the late Guevara on a mantle. After the April 11 picture was posted, Kennedy Cuomo apparently received purple within the face and scrubbed it from the web.
However a supply shared it with The Submit, and Robert Kennedy Jr. admitted his mother was not solely a fan of Guevara, but in addition a fan of JFK’s largest nemesis.
“She had a superb relationship with [Fidel] Castro,” Robert Kennedy Jr. stated. He stated she met the late dictator a number of instances in Cuba and claimed she as soon as persuaded him to launch political prisoners.
Throughout an occasion to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Cuban missile disaster in 2002, Fidel Castro “dined subsequent to Ethel Kennedy whereas Cubans and Individuals and even a few Soviet army guys danced exuberantly” in Havana’s Revolutionary Palace, the Boston Globe reported on the time.
The love of Che appears to conflict with the ardent anti-communist views of each former President Kennedy and her husband, RFK, who was gunned down in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, as he campaigned for president.
JFK sought to overthrow Cuba’s Communist regime through the botched Bay of Pigs invasion.
However RFK Jr. stated emissaries to his uncle have been working proper earlier than the president’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination to work out a detente with Castro. He stated JFK didn’t need Cuba to turn into a platform for the Soviet Union.
Guevara was a prime aide and confidante to Castro earlier than he was killed in 1967 in Bolivia, whereas main an try to overthrow the federal government there. He has gone on to turn into an icon to American leftists and the well-known photograph of him has turn into a widespread t-shirt fad.