Socialist Sanders is on the outs with the Democrats party! The senator came under heavy criticism after he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and said that it was “unfair to simply say everything is bad” under Castro's rule.
House Democrats immediately turned on democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, calling his comments “absolutely unacceptable,” “ill-informed” and appearing to “sing the praises of a murderous tyrant.”
The Hill reports:
Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination also piled on and are sure to maintain the line of attack during Tuesday night’s debate ahead of the South Carolina primary.
Sanders, fresh off his victory in the Nevada caucuses over the weekend, defended his past comments in stating that Cubans didn’t help the U.S. overthrow Castro because he “educated their kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society.”
“We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know, when Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders said when he appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
“Unlike Donald Trump, let's be clear. I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend. I don't trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine,” Sanders said.
Despite Sanders’s assertion that he opposes authoritarian governments, Florida Democrats made clear they don’t want to be associated with even a whiff of praise for the Castro regime.
Monday offered an early test of the challenges Democrats down the ballot would face if Sanders is the nominee and they have to respond to his past praise for aspects of socialism in other countries.
“As the first South American immigrant member of Congress who proudly represents thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba absolutely unacceptable,” tweeted Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
“The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society,” Mucarsel-Powell added.
The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society.
— Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@DebbieforFL) February 24, 2020
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