It was unclear if anyone in the Biden administration, or in the Democratic Party, could bring themselves to condemn communism in light of the recent uprising in Cuba.
President Joe Biden not only did that in surprisingly clear remarks on Thursday, but he also had remarks on socialism. Watch:
“Communism is a failed system, universally failed system, and I don’t see socialism as a very useful substitute,” he said.
“But that’s another story,” he added, before pivoting to the deteriorating situation in Haiti.
Biden’s remarks follow upon more extensive comments from White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday.
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“Communism is a failed ideology, and we certainly believe that it has failed the people of Cuba,” she said at her press briefing. “They deserve freedom.”
“They deserve a government that supports them, whether that is making sure they have health and medical supplies, access to vaccines, or whether or not they have economic opportunity and prosperity,” she continued.
“And instead, this is been a government, an authoritarian communist regime, that has repressed its people and has failed the people of Cuba,” she added. “Hence we are seeing them in the streets.”
Psak then discussed Biden’s position on the Cuban situation.
“He has made clear that he stands with the Cuban people and their call for freedom from both the pandemic and from decades of repression and economic suffering to which they’ve been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” she added.
Thus marks one of the most clear refutations of socialism and communism by Democratic leadership in recent times. It will be interesting to see how the Democratic base reacts. One suspects it will be quite revealing.