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Did Bernie Sanders ever apologize for supporting Fidel Castro? (Original Post) Jose Garcia Feb 2020 OP
Sanders evertonfc Feb 2020 #1
Sad but true calguy Feb 2020 #5
Unfairly??? awesomerwb1 Feb 2020 #8
Yes he does... NurseJackie Feb 2020 #16
Dunno Cha Feb 2020 #2
Ouch!!! calguy Feb 2020 #3
Say what? Sanders supported Fidel Castro? MineralMan Feb 2020 #4
It's not just Castro, he's had a soft spot for all sorts of Latin American dictators. tritsofme Feb 2020 #6
Ever wonder what someone with a soft spot for dictators might do if he had a LOT of power? highplainsdem Feb 2020 #7
I don't have to wonder very hard... tritsofme Feb 2020 #10
Don't have to wonder any more... MineralMan Feb 2020 #11
And Russia. krissey Feb 2020 #14
Boy! I sure hope Trump doesn't know about this. MineralMan Feb 2020 #9
Where is the evidence he "supported" Castro? scipan Feb 2020 #12
Links showing the above post: scipan Feb 2020 #15
But that isn't what he did Tom Rinaldo Feb 2020 #13
Jinx! scipan Feb 2020 #18
Oh don't like facts get in the way of a good Bernie Bash!!!!!!!! Nanjeanne Feb 2020 #22
I don't know. As an aside, he sure was right to oppose aid to the contras. David__77 Feb 2020 #17
Nope still_one Feb 2020 #19
No-From AMJOY Gothmog Feb 2020 #20
K&R betsuni Feb 2020 #21
 

evertonfc

(1,713 posts)
1. Sanders
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:33 PM
Feb 2020

will get beat easily in Florida. The older voters and older immigrants from South and Central America will run at the hint of or comparison to socialism. It's what scares party operatives the worst. Ads will run in loop with old Bernie quotes about bread lines and socialism. Bernie, unfairly, has been defined as a socialist. America will not elect him. Sad but true.

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calguy

(5,442 posts)
5. Sad but true
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:37 PM
Feb 2020

but the fact he has defined himSELF a socialists and has been proud of it for many years. He can't have it both ways. Time to vet this dude before it's too late. He's not even a member of our party.

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awesomerwb1

(4,322 posts)
8. Unfairly???
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:44 PM
Feb 2020

He calls himself a socialist!

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calguy

(5,442 posts)
3. Ouch!!!
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:33 PM
Feb 2020

He'll answer that one just as soon as he releases his medical records and trump releases his taxes, OK?

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MineralMan

(146,572 posts)
4. Say what? Sanders supported Fidel Castro?
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:35 PM
Feb 2020

Say it ain't so, Jose. Say it ain't so...

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tritsofme

(17,817 posts)
6. It's not just Castro, he's had a soft spot for all sorts of Latin American dictators.
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:39 PM
Feb 2020
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highplainsdem

(50,046 posts)
7. Ever wonder what someone with a soft spot for dictators might do if he had a LOT of power?
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:40 PM
Feb 2020
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tritsofme

(17,817 posts)
10. I don't have to wonder very hard...
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:45 PM
Feb 2020
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MineralMan

(146,572 posts)
11. Don't have to wonder any more...
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:46 PM
Feb 2020

Now, we have Donald J. Trump.

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MineralMan

(146,572 posts)
9. Boy! I sure hope Trump doesn't know about this.
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:45 PM
Feb 2020

It's something he might use in his campaign. You think?

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scipan

(2,481 posts)
12. Where is the evidence he "supported" Castro?
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:53 PM
Feb 2020

I found one reporter claiming that, and Bernie pointing out good things about the regieme like free health care, but Bernie clearly said Castro gov wasn't democratic.

Where did you get this from?

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scipan

(2,481 posts)
15. Links showing the above post:
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 05:25 PM
Feb 2020

Way back in—what was it?—1961, they invaded Cuba," Sanders said in the 1985 interview, "and everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and all of the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society," he pointed out.



Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, also took aim at Ronald Reagan, who was serving as president at the time. "Not that Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect. They certainly are not," Sanders asserted. "But just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people doesn't mean that people in their own nations feel the same way."..snip...

Sanders gave the interview after returning from Nicaragua, at the invitation of the ruling Sandinista government. The politician also praised the leftist Sandinistas, calling Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega "impressive."

President Donald Trump and Republicans have already begun harshly criticizing Sanders for his socialist policies. A campaign email sent out by Trump's re-election team slams the Vermont senator for running on a platform of "full-blown socialism."

"A new wave of radical socialist Democrats is coming," the email warns. "America will never be a socialist country."

But the social policies promoted by Sanders campaign, including increasing taxes on the wealthy, providing free college education, Medicare for all and combating climate change are actually widely popular with the American people, according to several polls.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-2020-cuba-castro-reagan-resurfaced-interview-1339527%3famp=1

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/27/sanders_on_cuba_of_course_their_economy_is_terrible_but_they_have_good_health_care.html&ved=2ahUKEwjF-4aZssrnAhUKlXIEHaafAdUQwqsBMAJ6BAgJEAk&usg=AOvVaw2_ubA7u4q4xyumVeZqBJl5

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Tom Rinaldo

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13. But that isn't what he did
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 04:55 PM
Feb 2020

Some may be critical of what he actually did say, but Sanders did not "support Fidel Castro."

This is actually from a right wing source so I will not link to it, but clearly it was in their interest to make Bernie look as bad as possible so they did not go soft on him:

"Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont who is now challenging Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination, praised the Castro regime and Nicaragua's Sandinista government upon returning from a trip to South America in 1985..."

"In 1959 [...] everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and all of the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro," said Sanders. "They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids healthcare, totally transformed the society."

"So they expected this tremendous uprising in Cuba," Sanders continued, but "it never came. And if they are expecting a tremendous uprising in Nicaragua, they are very, very, very mistaken."

Sanders insisted that he did not mean to suggest "that Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect; they certainly are not."

In 1985 Sanders was opposing the Reagan administration policies that led to the Iran/Contra scandal. Nicaragua is messed up and has been for many many decades, but the contra rebellion that Reagan was funding did not succeed in organizing any mass uprising. It sure led to many deaths though.

In a 2016 presidential debate Sanders had this to say about that 1985 interview:

“What that was about was saying that the United States was wrong to try to invade Cuba, that the United States was wrong trying to support people to overthrow the Nicaraguan government, that the United States was wrong trying to overthrow in 1954 the democratically elected government of Guatemala," Sanders said.

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scipan

(2,481 posts)
18. Jinx!
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 05:41 PM
Feb 2020

You stated it better than me.

However I did find a reporter from MSNBC claiming it in a town hall so it's not just a right wing talking point anymore.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DvMSnnYBnZww&ved=2ahUKEwjF-4aZssrnAhUKlXIEHaafAdUQwqsBMAR6BAgJEBM&usg=AOvVaw3qEqLyF9uqjyUVyvts8t0z&cshid=1581456640989

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Nanjeanne

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22. Oh don't like facts get in the way of a good Bernie Bash!!!!!!!!
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 06:10 PM
Feb 2020
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David__77

(23,813 posts)
17. I don't know. As an aside, he sure was right to oppose aid to the contras.
Tue Feb 11, 2020, 05:33 PM
Feb 2020

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