Florida’s large Cuban and Venezuelan communities called-out Bernie Sanders this week after the far-left Senator praised dictator Fidel Castro’s literacy programs; failing to denounce the tens of thousands murdered following the communist revolution.
“For me, it’s very, very insulting and very sad that we are in a country, we left countries where we were running from or escaping from communism and the oppression of human rights violations, to come here and now be in a country where the front-runner for the Democratic nominee is a known communist sympathizer,” said Maria Fernandez Gomez, a voter with Cuban roots. “He has turned off all of the Cuban population in Miami and I would venture to say the Venezuelan population, Nicaraguan population, because of those comments that he has made.”
“My father was military age when he was getting ready to leave Cuba,” Gomez said. “They wouldn’t let him out. He was an anti-revolutionary and a political prisoner so this hits close to home for me.”
There are approximately 1.3 million Cubans residing in the state.
“I am a Cuban Democrat. I watched the interview with Bernie Sanders. I am not a supporter of his to begin with but that put the nail in the coffin for me. There is nothing good with the Castro regime,” said Raquel Robaina, a Cuban immigrant.
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COMRADE BERNIE: Sanders Digs-In, Defends Castro, Praises Communist China for Easing ‘Poverty’
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:
“I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.”pic.twitter.com/lCopqzKWCp
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 25, 2020
“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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COMRADE BERNIE: Sanders Says Fidel Castro’s Literacy Program ‘Not a Bad Thing!’
Far-left Senator Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his praise of Cuba’s communist dictatorship during Tuesday night’s debate; saying Fidel Castro’s literacy programs were “not a bad thing!”
“Truth is truth. If somebody in Saudi Arabia, or any country in the world, teaches illiterate people to read, you’re going to tell me that’s a bad thing? It is not,” said Bernie.
“The way we are going to win in Florida -the reason I’m ahead of Trump- is to have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country… The truth is we have massive inequality, the truth is working people have not seen a wage increase in 45 years,” he added.
Lol Bernie after the debate defending his praise of Castro:
“Dictators can do good things!”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 26, 2020
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