Sanders Says ‘It’s Unfair to Simply Say Everything Is Bad’ in Defense of Fidel Castro

2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders is defending his past remarks regarding policies of late Prime Minister of Cuba Fidel Castro — sparking some bipartisan criticism on social media.

After a clip aired of the Vermont senator’s comments made in 1986 at the University of Vermont, Sanders is heard saying in a CBS News “60 Minutes” interview, “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?”

He continued, “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 then flipped it on President Donald Trump, as he said, “Unlike Donald Trump … I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”

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The 2020 Democratic hopefuls comments on CBS News didn’t sit well with some, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who called Sanders “wrong.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also wrote on Twitter late Sunday, “It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read [and] write.”

Additionally, Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) tweeted, “I’m hoping that in the future, Senator Sanders will take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro.”

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Sanders has pushed his way to the front for the party’s nomination in 2020, as he is leading in national polls, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden. The self-described Democratic socialist also came out on top in the Nevada caucuses over the weekend.


  1. “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Bernie Sanders

    I don’t claim that King Donald The Loser is all bad, either. I can’t of anything good about him, at the moment, but I am sure he has SOMETHING good in him. I just can’t think what it could possibly be, right now.

  2. These days I know a lot of pissed of Cubans who are ready to vote for anyone with a pulse who is not Bernie or Liz.

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