Thousands attended the services for former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela earlier this week. From world leaders to those who admired him from a far, putting their differences aside, the crowd gathered together to mourn the fallen leader. While the overwhelming majority praised Mandela, not everyone was as respectful.
According to multiple reports, prominent Tea Party member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walked out of the services during a speech by Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech. Speaking to ABC News, a spokeswoman for Cruz gave a reason for why Cruz left the services.
“Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela...For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners. He should hold free elections, and once and for all, set the Cuban people free.”
President Obama received more conservative backlash after the services for shaking hands with Castro as well as taking a "selfie" of himself, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt.