Bernie Doubles Down; Doesn't Regret Praise Of Fidel Castro
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Bernie Sanders may be on the ropes politically but he remains defiant about his controversial remarks praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The Vermont socialist has struggled to recover from his comments about how the Cuban literacy rate rose under Castro despite his tyranny and the fact that there was only one option instead of learning to read.
Like any true commie, Sanders conveniently omitted the pertinent fact that while Cubans may have received free healthcare and better education, that Castro and his regime imprisoned, tortured and murdered all political adversaries and dissidents.
During the Fox News town hall that the suddenly desperate Sanders was forced to participate in, when queried by host Brett Baier on whether he regretted it, the fading candidate tried to dodge the question.
Via The Washington Free Beacon, "Sanders: No Regrets for Praising Castro":
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday said during a Fox News town hall that he doesn't regret praising the deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Sanders whether he regretted his praise of Castro's "literacy program" in an interview on 60 Minutes, since it appears those comments hurt him in subsequent primaries. Sanders replied, "No."
"Look, I have spent my entire life fighting for working people and fighting for democracy," Sanders said. "If you check my record, I have condemned authoritarianism, whether it is in the Soviet Union, whether it is in Cuba, whether it is in Saudi Arabia."
"I know it's hard given ‘gotcha' questions," Sanders said. "Given the media that we deal with and everything else, you say something and people can beat up on you. I think you've got to tell the truth. So, if in China they've reduced extreme poverty, does that make me a communist who supports China? No, I'm just telling you a simple fact."
Baier later brought up that some Democrats, including Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), criticized Sanders's praise of Castro, prompting him to say, "Of course they did."
"So what? I've got a lot of Democrats who are attacking me as well. You know that. Nothing new there," Sanders said.
Sanders' opponents seized on his pro-Castro comments which in retrospect, now appear to have been a decisive moment in his campaign because it has been all downhill ever since.
Bernie may be facing a do or die moment in Tuesday's suddenly crucial Michigan primary where a loss to the resurgent Joe Biden could be a back breaker.
The road to the nomination isn't going to get any easier for Sanders with the Florida primary coming up next week and polls showing that his fondness for Castro has set him up for a major ass kicking due to the state's heavily Cuban population in many areas.
Via Florida Politics, "Latest poll of Florida primary shows Joe Biden with huge lead over Bernie Sanders":
Even before Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race for President, voters in Florida were consolidating behind Joe Biden.
More than 61% of likely Florida voters favor Biden, according to the most recent survey by St. Pete Polls commissioned by Florida PoliticsThat gives the former Vice President a commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 12%.
The poll was conducted on Wednesday, the same day billionaire Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race and a day before Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren suspended her campaign.
Both were left in the field of active candidates in the poll. Bloomberg held the support of almost 14% of likely voters while Warren showed up with 5%.
The "60 Minutes" interview in which he made the comments followed by more accolades for communist China on the next night may be seen by analysts as the turning point as well as the opportunity for the establishment to wrest control of their party back from the socialists.
If Bernie loses in Michigan and Washington State where Biden has closed the distance, he may not make it to Florida.