2020 presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) isn’t backing down from comments he made years ago over socialist policies in Cuba.
A video from the 1980’s surfaced of Sanders supporting Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s socialist policies.
Sanders was recently interviewed on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” and doubled down on his defense of some of Castro’s policies saying, “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 24, 2020
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL) criticized Sanders on social media.
It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read & write. https://t.co/4DKbSKpI6t
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 24, 2020
Shameful ignorance from @SenSanders.
The Castro regime has killed & imprisoned dissidents, oppressed its people and propped up murderous dictators like Maduro and Ortega. https://t.co/ROnmWT9oka
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 24, 2020
Others were also critical of Sanders’ comments about Castro’s socialist policies.
— Grant Schott (@grantschott) February 24, 2020
There goes Florida. https://t.co/9C5ZHPX3Qu
— RIP Bloomberg Campaign (2020 – 2020) (@HalloweenBlogs) February 24, 2020
Right now, momentum is on Sanders’ side after scoring a big win in the Nevada caucus. With almost 90 percent of the results recorded, Sanders got almost 50 percent of the vote with former Vice President Joe Biden coming in a distant second with 21 percent, less than half of the Sanders vote.
2020 presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg blasted Sanders’ big win and attacked his health care plan and his views on capitalism.
— Andres Del Aguila (@Andres_DAguila) February 23, 2020
However, the concern about Sanders’ lead in the race for the Democrat nomination goes beyond his competitors.
South Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn is worried Democrats will lose the House of Representatives if Sanders is the party’s nominee.
“A lot of people think so,” Rep. Jim Clyburn tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if Sanders being the nominee could put the House majority in danger.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2020
James Carville, former President Clinton’s former adviser and campaign manager, also expressed concerns and Sanders’ backers called him a political hack.
"The entire theory that by expanding the electorate, increasing, turn out, so you can win the election is the equivalent of climate denial." Self identified political hack James Carville. https://t.co/UvmegVz99p pic.twitter.com/1SnbOAyEeU
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 22, 2020
Considering Sanders’ support of a dictator and criticism by Democrats, time will tell how Sanders makes out in the most important phase of the Democrat primary race with the South Carolina debate and primary this week, followed shortly by Super Tuesday on March 3rd.
The rise of Sanders shows just how far Left the Democrats have gone in terms of wanting government control over huge segments of our economy.