(UnitedVoice.com) – During an interview on Sunday night, self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders (D-VT) said that the communist-socialist rule under Fidel Castro wasn’t all bad.
In a resurfaced video from 1986, Sanders praised the socialist policies of Castro as the United States sought to prevent the dictator from spreading communism outside of Cuba.
Justifying why people didn’t revolt against the leader in 1959, Sanders said healthcare and education were the main reasons and that Castro completely transformed society (in a good way). Sanders also said Cuba “had a massive literacy program” and asked why that was so bad?
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 24, 2020
Sanders Has Embraced Communists Since the 1980s
Since the 1980s, Sanders has praised communist-socialist dictators in Latin America and all around the world.
In addition to meeting with Castro to praise him for his social programs, Sanders also personally met with Nicaragua’s communist leader Daniel Ortega in 1985. Sanders said he was a “very impressive guy.”
In a report by the Washington Examiner, Sanders said in 1972 that he didn’t mind people calling him a socialist.
In fact, Sanders has ties to communist groups going back four decades or more.
During the 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns, Sanders campaigned for the Marxist group Socialist Workers Party and was investigated by the FBI. In both campaigns, the groups stated objectives were to nationalize most industries and get rid of the US military.
In 1983, a leader of the Soviet Union’s spy ring attended a conference in the city where Sanders was Mayor in Vermont. Soviet Embassy First Secretary Vadim Kuznetsov sent a letter to Sanders congratulating him on his re-election days later.
Sanders Strikes Fear Into Cuban and Hispanic Communities in Florida
Southern Florida is home to more than one million Cuban Americans who are traditionally conservative and Republican. Sanders is managing to galvanize them as well as Hispanics that have immigrated to the United States from Venezuela and other Central American countries with deep roots in failed socialist ideologies.
Florida Democratic strategist Fernan Amandi tweeted the 1980s video of Sanders, saying, “Democrats, nominating this man will absolutely re-elect @realDonaldTrump and end our Constitutional republic.”
Here is @BernieSanders TONIGHT defending Fidel Castro’s murderous totalitarian Communist regime in Cuba
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) February 24, 2020
On Twitter, many Florida politicians also reacted swiftly.
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) said that Sanders should talk to those who experienced life under Castro before praising the “murderous tyrant.”
Additionally, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted that Sanders is “wrong” and reminded people that Castro jailed, murdered, or exiled those who disagreed with him.
Perhaps no politician came out as decisively as Miami’s mayor, Francis Suarez:
Few understand communism’s plight more than #Miami’s Cuban-exile community. @BernieSanders’ glorification of socialism omits Castro’s forceful imposition of power attacking human rights and freedom of speech, minimizing those who fought to break free from his suffocating hand. https://t.co/40Xl5lQfOx
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) February 24, 2020
Florida’s Democratic presidential primary is on Tuesday, March 17th. It should be a good one!
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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