A video from 1985 shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) making favorable statements regarding Cuban dictator Fidel Castro when Sanders was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
The statements took place during an Aug. 8, 1985 interview on the CCTV Center for Media & Democracy’s Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, Chittenden County’s local government access station.
During the interview, Sanders discussed his recent trip to Nicaragua, marking the sixth anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, and drew parallels between Castro’s regime and the Nicaraguan Sandinista regime of Daniel Ortega.
“In 1961, [America] invaded Cuba, and everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world,” said Sanders.
“All 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 society,” he said.
“You know, not to say Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect – they are certainly not – but just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say the people in these nations feel the same,” continued Sanders.
During the interview, Sanders also discussed some of the officials he met with in Nicaragua.
In reference to Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Sanders said, “I was impressed by Father d’Escoto.”
He referred to Ortega as “an impressive guy.”
Sanders was also strongly critical of then-President Ronald Reagan.
“The Sandinista government, in my view, has more support among the Nicaraguan people, substantially more support, than Ronald Reagan has among the American people,” said Sanders.
Ortega currently serves as president of Nicaragua. Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2008 and transferred power to his brother Raúl.
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First of all, we can clearly see which side Bernie Sanders is on and it’s not for a Republic. We can also clearly see that Mr. Sanders doesn’t have a clue! In celebration of the recent “Back to the Future” Day, If I may …”Hello! Hello! …..Anybody home! Think Sanders! Think!” It wasn’t that people in Cuba, didn’t speak out idiot! They did, but when they did they were also executed. You should really talk to Rafael Cruz or others that LIVED there and experienced the torture personally for speaking out about Castro and Communism. Secondly, the healthcare in Cuba was similar to Obamacare – it was JAMMED down their throats, like Obamacare was jammed down ours. We didn’t have a choice, especially since the Republican RINOS caved on the vote. Finally, if you, Bernie, had ANY clue about Reagan, I would respond, but clearly you did not even know ANYTHING about President Ronald Reagan who was more of a leader and patriot, than you or our current POTUS will ever be.
I don’t know what’s worse – the Dictator-in-Chief we have now or YOU! Let’s hope we don’t have to even get close to making that decision, because if we do, let’s face it folks, we are screwed BIG time!…unless of course, you like socialism or communism, and less freedom.
God Bless America!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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