A refugee who escaped communist Cuba issued a dire warning to Americans about the path the country is headed down. Maximo Alvarez declared that critical American institutions have already been infected with communism, including schools and the media.
Podcast host Lisa Boothe asked Alvarez on Wednesday if Americans have swallowed the communist poison pill. Alvarez responded, "Not only have they swallowed it, they digested it."
"Listen to the media. They're no longer objective. You can tell how much they hate this country," Alvarez said during an interview on "The Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast.
"Look at our, our academia," Alvarez added. "Our kids are not being … they're indoctrinated. They are taught that America is a bad country. That we're a bunch of racists. That we're bad people, and we have to pay back.
"If this country was racist, I wouldn't be here," the Cuban immigrant said. "If this country was a racist country, most of us wouldn't be here because even some people in your family came from another country. This country was made of immigrants."
Alvarez admitted that some Americans are flawed, but the United States as a country shouldn't be blamed for certain "bad people."
"Do we have racist people in this country? Of course we do. Do we have bad people? Yes, we do. Do we have bad teachers? Yes, we do. Do we have bad police people? Yes, we do," he stated. "But don't blame the country for that because we have a justice system that will penalize you and punish you if you are a bad person, if you are a racist.
"Look at how much money they're sending to Black Lives Matter," Alvarez said. "And people don't want to understand that these three ladies who control this company are bragging about Marxist Leninism. They're communists — they tell you that. And nobody understands what that means."
Alvarez was referring to a 2015 video where Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors bragged that she and fellow BLM co-founder Alicia Garza are "trained Marxists."
"Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists," Cullors said in the 2015 interview. "We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories."
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Alvarez said that communism has been seeping into the American way of life for years. He pointed out how American Catholics haven't been vocal in denouncing abortion, prayer being banned in school, and Democrats passing gun control measures.
"Gun control? Every time there's a shooting, you want to have gun control," Alvarez proclaimed. "You know why? Because they're afraid the only way out of this is a civil war."
"Make sure that kids are no longer educated, they're indoctrinated. Make sure that people hate each other. Envy, hatred. Make sure that the blacks hate the whites. Make sure that the rich hate the poor. Make sure that the people who live in the city hate the people who live on the farm," he explained. "It's all part of the Communist Manifesto, and Saul Alinsky points that out very, very well."
Alvarez, who is the founder and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, fled Cuba for the United States in 1961. Alvarez took part in Operation Peter Pan, a covert program that transported about 14,000 Cuban children to the United States from 1960 to 1962 at the height of the Cold War.
Alvarez made headlines last summer when he delivered a gripping speech at the Republican National Convention about the dangers of far-left ideologies that many progressive Democrats have advocated.
"I've seen movements like this before. I've seen ideas like this before and I'm here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country," the Florida businessman said at the RNC. "I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill.
"Those false promises — spread the wealth, free education, free health care, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and your community — they don't sound radical to my ears," he said. "They sound familiar. When Fidel Castro was asked if he was a communist, he said he was a Roman Catholic — he knew he had to hide the truth."
During a business roundtable last year which featured former President Donald Trump, Alvarez warned Americans about the promises of "free stuff."
"I remember all the promises that we hear today about free education and free health care and free land," Alvarez said. "My God, no freedom. But he never said that until after he was in power, got rid of all the police, got rid of all the military — been there for the last 60 years and counting. And he destroyed each and every one who helped him."
In July, Alvarez joined Glenn Beck to warn Americans about the dangers of communism.
"This is the same old story. It doesn't change. We need to explain to people that the communist philosophy is based on the fact that the ends justify the means. The ends justify the means," Alvarez said on "The Glenn Beck Program." "They will do whatever is necessary to accomplish their objective. If they have to tell you they're Catholics, or they have to tell you they belong to certain religions, they will. If they have to kill you, they will – they have. Just look at exactly what happened in Cuba."