After the death of Nelson Mandela Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other GOP leaders used Facebook to write tribute posts to the former South African president.
On the Facebook post Cruz wrote:
“Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.
We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.”
His supporters did not agree. Various comments made on the post highlighted Mandela’s support to retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
“Let’s not forget that Mandela called Castro’s Communist revolution ‘a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people,” one fan wrote.
In addition to criticizing Cruz for “supporting communism,” various women used the space to express their anger towards the right to have an abortion.
“He was also a huge supporter of abortion! Don’t put him too high up! Careful Mr Cruz,” a woman wrote.
On Thursday Rubio wrote:
“The world has lost one of history’s most important figures, though Nelson Mandela’s example will live on for generations to come. Men and women striving for justice and fairness around the world have drawn inspiration from Nelson Mandela, and he showed South Africans and the entire world what the power of forgiveness truly means and can accomplish.”
And just like Cruz, the fans in Rubio’s post criticized him and even went as far as saying that he had lost their vote.
“For someone whos family fled communism…fled the very things that Mandela stood for….I am sad to see you revere this man,” a woman wrote.
More recently, supporters of Mandela have also posted positive feedback and angry responses to the critics of Mandela.
“These vile comments about Nelson Mandela just show how ignorant and racist you all are about that great man and about our country. He brought us together in a time of great difficulty,” a fan commented on Cruz’s post Friday receiving more than 600 likes.
“We are a nation that is challenged in every area but this I can tell you, we will prosper, survive and continue to build the dream that Madiba instilled in us.”