Far-left Senator Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his defense of communist dictators during a CNN Town Hall event Monday night; publicly praising Cuba’s Fidel Castro and China’s authoritarian regime.
“Democratic members of Congress who represent Cuban-Americans in Florida -obviously you’ve got to win there- are attacking your comments as absolutely unacceptable… Response?” asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“When Fidel Castro first came to power, which was, what, ’59? You know what he did?” Sanders began. “He initiated a major literacy program. There were a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate, and he formed a literacy brigade … that went out and they helped people learn to read and write.”
“You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.” He added, “I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world, including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia. I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism.”
Bernie Sanders is tripling down on his defense of his comment defending Castro’s Cuba:
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“But, ya know, you can take China as another example. China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian, but can anyone deny — I mean, the facts are clear — that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history,” Sanders told the crowd.
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BUSTED: Video Shows Bernie Praising FIDEL CASTRO, Describes Himself as a ‘SOCIALIST’
Recently unearthed footage from 1985 shows then-Mayor Bernie Sanders describing himself as an outright “socialist” and praising Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro; saying the Latin American leader “educated the kids” and “gave them health care.”
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“One of the things I think I learned on my trip, you know, as a socialist the word ‘socialism’ doesn’t frighten me […] And everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world, that all the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro,” said Sanders.
“They forgot that he educated the kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society. But just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean that the people of their own nation feel the same way,” he added.
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SANDERS STUNS: Bernie Says It’s ‘Unfair’ to Say ‘Everything Was Bad’ Under Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stunned viewers across the country Sunday when he publicly praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; saying he implemented a “massive literacy program” in the island-nation once he “came into office.”
Sanders was speaking with 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper when he was asked if he stood-by comments he made years earlier praising the socialist revolutionary.
“He educated their kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society,” said Sanders decades ago.
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba. But you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad! 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 asked Cooper.
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