Biden Running Mate Finalist Walks Back Praise Of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro
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Now that the most important vice presidential pick in American political history is down to the wire, the finalists to join Joe Biden on the Democrat ticket are making their case to be the choice.
One of the finalists who has risen in recent weeks is California Congresswoman Karen Bass, a woman with zero national name recognition and no accomplishments to her credit but she checks off two boxes on the identity politics requirements.
But her shot at the bottom half of the Biden ticket has run into some headwinds after comments that she made praising the murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a man who despite his blood-soaked legacy is a heroic figure to the socialist left.
In addition to traveling to the communist-controlled island in the 1970s, Rep. Bass spoke in glowing terms of Castro who she called the "Comandante en Jefe" following his death in 2016.
According to the statement released by Bass:
"As Cuba begins nine days of mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro. The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba. I hope together, our two nations will continue on the new path of support and collaboration with one another, and continue in the new direction of diplomacy."
With the competition to nail down the Biden veep spot heating up, Bass has come under intense pressure for her pro-Castro sentiment as well as glowing praise for the Church Of Scientology, a highly controversial entity.
Now she is walking the Castro praise back in a furious damage control push in the waning days before Team Biden announces the winner and showed up on the Sunday morning "news" shows to say that she did not really mean what she said.
Via Politico, "Karen Bass renounces her praise for Fidel Castro":
Rep. Karen Bass on Sunday walked back 2016 comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as scrutiny of her views toward the Communist government threatened her potential selection as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.
On “Fox News Sunday,“ the California Democrat faced questions about several visits to Cuba in the 1970s and a statement she released after Castro's 2016 death saying that "the passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba.”
Bass told Fox host Chris Wallace that her perspective "developed over time" and that she now understood that the Castro government "was a brutal regime." Bass said that she spoke with colleagues from Florida who raised concerns about her comments and that she "would not do that again, for sure."
"I absolutely would have not put that statement out," she said.
She also showed up on NBC's "Meet The Press" with the loathsome Chuck Todd.
The pandering Biden is under intense pressure to select a black woman and Bass as the Congressional Black Caucus chair would be a payback to Rep. Jim Clyburn for his help in resurrecting Biden's flatlining campaign in South Carolina that served as the catalyst for the demolition of Bernie Sanders.
Whether Bass's renouncing of her praise for Castro will be enough to fend off Kamala Harris, Susan Rice, and 1/1024 percent Indian Elizabeth Warren for the honor will soon be seen as the Biden campaign is set to make the choice within the next week or so.