Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer at the conservative propaganda outlet Turning Point USA, took a trip to Cuba last week and found something he didn’t expect: a supermarket with fully stocked shelves containing food and modern appliances. This didn’t line up with the typical U.S. conservative line that all socialist countries have stores with empty shelves and starving people, so he had to complain about the lack of variety in brands instead.
I just returned from Cuba.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 20, 2019
What would your supermarket would look like on socialism?
This is the fanciest “supermarket” in Havana.
Notice anything odd?
Aisles are filled with goods having NO VARIETY AT ALL.
SHARE so @BernieSanders & @AOC see THIS: pic.twitter.com/1seYrtIjSY
According to Benny here, hope comes from having a choice between different brands of the same canned tomato sauce at the store.
What Benny either doesn’t understand or is purposely ignoring is that the U.S. has imposed a commercial embargo against Cuba since 1962 that prevents nearly all imports of goods to the country. Though other countries can technically trade with Cuba, they risk hurting their relationship with the U.S. by doing so.
Frankly, it’s impressive that Cuba is doing as well as it is in spite of these ongoing restrictions. Without all the sanctions and embargoes, perhaps the Cuban people could have the freedom to spend half an hour comparing blender brands before just going with the cheapest one like we do here in America.
After fielding this and other points from people who understand what sanctions are, Benny attempted to hit back by claiming that he waited hours in line to get into the store and that there were lines for other essentials.
Cuba is 90 miles from the US
If you want this- go.
I beg of you.
See what I saw.
There was a line for hours to get into this store.
Miles of Gas lines.
An impoverished, corrupt police state.
You’ll see soon in our Doc @TPUSA
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 22, 2019
Oddly, Benny did not provide any photos of these alleged gas, water, and grocery store lines. It’s also a little strange that he claimed to wait hours just to get inside the store when there isn’t a single soul other than Benny himself in the photos he did take. You’d think the place would be packed. No explanation has been offered.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s “leftists” have some words for Benny.
I need 34 different brands of canned tomatoes to feel free
— Bяyan (@MurderBryan) September 21, 2019
— WineMom Antichrist (HeadAsner, J.O.K.E.R. Corps) (@WokeHamiltonBro) September 21, 2019
Freedumb of choice pic.twitter.com/yWbC0vYflp
— Punished Shibe (@TheBunkerCrank) September 22, 2019
if cuba is a police state why did they allow a gang of trumpite crypto-nazis to wander around their country and make a fascist propaganda film about it? you pathetic hackhttps://t.co/GZl4jD07zg— ☀️👀 (@zei_nabq) September 22, 2019
If you don’t have 15 types of nearly identical processed corn/wheat products in different plastic packaging to choose from you aren’t free
Only societies where 3 men control over half of the country’s wealth and workers are enslaved by debt are truly freehttps://t.co/3ZEZEo4ikI
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) September 22, 2019
Posting photos of well stocked shelves full of reasonably priced goods to own the libs.
— Jon 🚩 (@JonTheEgg) September 21, 2019
Americans: embargo trade with Cuba making it difficult for them to engage in global trade
Also Americans: WHY DONT YOU SELL D O R I T O S. I WANT TO SPEAK TO EL MANAGERIO
— Erin the Reply Bi 🔥⬇️🍎🐝 (@holycity15) September 22, 2019
And those produce markets….wow……..guess socialism is okay if you don’t mind eating the same thing for the rest of your life! pic.twitter.com/IdvvEDvFYL
— Hot Take Appreciator (@IHateNYT) September 22, 2019
Un supemercado en Estados Unidos. pic.twitter.com/nWPkxC5DE1
— Félix Vázquez (@FlixUjo) September 22, 2019
I just came back from Cuba one month ago. I didn’t see any water lines. 15 days before going, I was reporting from Flint, Michigan. 2 miles of families waiting at 8 am for 2 free boxes of bottled water. First world economy and non embargoed. pic.twitter.com/LBW4OEK0ia
— Helena Villar (@HelenaVillarRT) September 22, 2019
This might be a good time to mention that Benny Johnson was fired from BuzzFeed for at least 41 instances of plagiarism.