Hours of never-before-seen footage detailing Bernie Sanders’ “honeymoon” to the Soviet Union in 1988 were released to Politico reporters this week; highlighting the Democratic Socialist’s tour of the communist country at the height of the Cold War.
“The hours of footage include a scene of Sanders sitting with his delegation at a table under a portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Sanders can also be heard extolling the virtues of Soviet life and culture, even as he also acknowledges some of its shortcomings. There are flashes of humor, too, such as his host warning the American guests not to cross the KGB, or else,” writes Politico.
“Over the course of 10 days, Sanders, who was then the mayor of Burlington, and his dozen-member delegation traveled to three cities: Moscow, Yaroslavl and Leningrad, which is now known as St. Petersburg. Their goal was to establish a ‘sister city’ relationship with Yaroslavl, a community along the Volga River home to about 500,000 people,” adds the article.
The footage shows Sanders dining with Soviet officials, taking part in regional celebrations, and enjoying lavish parties.
“I have met many fine mayors in the United States,” Sanders says at one point, “but I want to say that one of the nicest mayors I’ve ever met is the mayor of Yaroslavl.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw slammed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Tuesday for “buying off” young voters with “impossible” federal spending levels; saying his generation “knows better” than to believe false socialist promises.
“Maybe because my generation realizes Sanders’ policies are a false promise backed by impossible federal spending levels… Can’t buy off young people with ‘free’ everything. We know better,” posted Crenshaw on social media.
Crenshaw’s comments were referencing new polling that shows Sanders’ support among millennial voters plunging in recent weeks.
The self-described Democratic socialist has proposed a series of new programs on the campaign trail including debt forgiveness, Medicare for All, tuition-free college, universal child care, a federal jobs program, the ‘Green New Deal’, and more.
Leading economists place the price-tag for Sanders’ policies at more than $20,000 per US taxpayer.
Read the full report at Politico.