A Cuban-born anti-communist activist argues that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) love of former Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro's is no different than other Democrats' adoration for him over the years.
Sanders – a self-avowed socialist – has doubled down on his praise of former Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro.
The leading Democratic presidential candidate raised eyebrows for complementing the brutal tyrant's education reforms during an appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes. Afterward, during a town hall in South Carolina – when CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo echoed critics who said Castro shouldn’t be given a ‘pat on the back for anything,’ Sanders pushed back saying, ‘Truth is truth.’"
After fleeing the oppressive communist island nation of Cuba back in 1961, Humberto Fontova wrote several books on thero Cast regime. He says Sanders' pro-Castro comments are actually weak – compared to other Democrats.
"Here is a statement from President Obama, April of 2016,” Fontova shared in his Townhall column . “’The life expectancy of Cubans is equal to that of the life expectancy of Americans because they have access to healthcare down there. That's a huge achievement, and the Castro regime should be congratulated.’ Folks. that's not Bernie Sanders!"
Fontova brought up another former Democratic president who had fawning things to say about the regime.
"Fidel Castro has always been a committed egalitarian,” former Democratic President Jimmy Carter expressed. “He wants a system that provided the basic needs to all Cubans. And Cuba has a superb system of health care and education. We greeted each other as old friends."
Fast-forward four decades and leading Democratic presidential candidate Sanders is still singing the tunes of communism – much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party.
Conservative activist Gary Bauer, the chairman of the political activist committee, Campaign for Working Families, contends the Democratic establishment is having a "nervous breakdown" over the prospect of nominating Sanders – the self-described ‘Democratic socialist,’ going head-to-head against President Donald Trump in November.
"The Democratic Party increasingly is becoming a socialist party," Bauer contended. "What they are upset about is that he doesn't obfuscate about the fact that his policies are socialist. He's proud of it – he appeals to the base of the party by saying, ‘I'm the socialist.’"
Sanders didn't make things much easier for the Democratic Party on Sunday when he defended Castro before CBS’ 60 Minutes Host Anderson Cooper for CBS's 60 Minutes.
Sanders: "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad – you know?” Sanders questioned Cooper. “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?"