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Castro, not Mini Mike, may bring Bernie down

I have said the Democrat race is Breadline Bernie's to lose, and he just may.

In an interview on 60 Minutes, Senator Sanders said, "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"

Interviewer Anderson Cooper then said, "A lot of political dissidents were imprisoned in Cuba."

BS replied, "That's right. And we condemn that. Unlike Donald Trump, let's be clear, you want to-- I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend. I don't trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine."

Old Breadline was too clever by half. Cuban refugees in Miami, conservatives, and even Democrats took umbrage. People understand the difference between trying to negotiate with a nuclear-armed madman and praising a communist dictator who died a billionaire.

Take two.

BS went on Fredo Chris Cuomo's show on CNN to 'splain himself.

FREDO: "Let's take one more step down the road of the stigma that's coming from some of your fellow Democrats. You said on 60 Minutes this weekend it is unfair to simply say everything is bad with the way Fidel Castro ruled in Cuba. Now Democratic members of Congress who represent Cuban Americans in Florida -- obviously you've got to win there -- they're attacking your comment as absolutely unacceptable, singing the praises of a murderous tyrant. Response?"

BERNIE: "The response was, when Castro first came to power, which was, when, '59? Does that sound right?"

FREDO: "'59, '60."

SANDERS: "OK. You know what did? He initiated a major literacy program. There was a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate. And he formed a literacy brigade -- you may read that -- he went out and they helped people learn to read and write. You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.

"I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world, including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia. I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism.

"But, you know, you can't say -- China is another example, all right? China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny -- I mean, the facts are clear -- that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history? Do I get criticized because I say that? That's the truth. So that is the fact. End of discussion."

FREDO: "So to the Democrats who say you don't say good things about Fidel Castro, he destroyed freedoms in that country, he played -- picked winners and losers and killed them and put them in prison forever. You don't give him a pat on the back for anything."

SANDERS: "You don't -- it's not a -- truth is truth, all right? Now, if you want to disagree with me, if somebody wants to say that -- and by the way, all of those congresspeople that you mentioned just so happen to be supporting other candidates, just accidentally, no doubt, coincidentally. But, you know, the truth is the truth. And that's what happened in the first years of the Castro regime."


Old Breadline lied. Hans Bader wrote, "But Castro did not give Cubans literacy. Cuba already had one of the highest literacy rates in Latin America by 1950, nearly a decade before Castro took power, according to United Nations data (statistics from UNESCO). In 2016, the Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler debunked a politician’s claim that Castro’s rule significantly improved Cuban healthcare and education."

Comrade Sanders had doubled down in defending Castro, adding praise of Mao and Red China to his revisionism.

This is his Marge Schott moment. She was the detestable owner of the Cincinnati Reds who praised Hitler. She said, "He was OK at the beginning. He rebuilt all the roads, honey. You know that, right? He just went too far."

Like Schott Head, Breadline Bernie ignores the deaths of millions of people to praise a dictator.

A serious man would have cut Castro loose. He would have told Fredo, oh my gosh, I did not mean to praise Castro. No, no, no. What I meant was communism provided all these things and then Castro perverted it by putting dissidents in prison.

Instead, Old Breadline defended Castro. This may have cost him the Florida Primary. polled 2,788 likely Florida Democratic Presidential Primary voters. It is now Joe Biden: 33.8%, Mini Mike 24.9%, and Comrade Sanders 13%.

But Florida is a minor player in the Democrat presidential race. California and Texas mean much more.

And of course, how my readers, Marco Rubio, and other normal Americans react to the BS defense of totalitarianism does not matter. The question is whether enough Democrats will rise and say enough to stop the Sanders Train.

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