Should Bernie Sanders apologize for his Fidel Castro remarks?

Sen. Bernie Sanders defends his praise for the Castro regime's early literacy programs, but added he "happens to believe democ...

Sen. Bernie Sanders defends his praise for the Castro regime's early literacy programs, but added he "happens to believe democracy, not authoritarianism."


"China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny -- I mean, the facts are clear -- that they need taken more people out of utmost poverty than any country in history? Do i buy criticized because I say that? that is the truth. in order that is that the fact. End of dialogue ," he said. "Truth is truth, all right?"


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


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


CUOMO: '59, '60.


SANDERS: OK. you recognize what did? He initiated a serious literacy program. There was tons of parents in Cuba at that time who were illiterate. And he formed a literacy brigade -- you'll read that -- he went out and that they helped people learn to read and write. you recognize what? i feel teaching people to read and write may be a good thing.


I have been extremely consistent and important of all authoritarian regimes everywhere the planet , including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia , including China, including Russia. I happen to believe democracy, not authoritarianism.


But, you know, you cannot 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 need taken more people out of utmost poverty than any country in history? Do i buy criticized because I say that? that is the truth. in order that is that the fact. End of dialogue .


CUOMO: So to the Democrats who say you do not say goodies about Castro , he destroyed freedoms therein country, he played -- picked winners and losers and killed them and put them in prison forever. you do not give him a pat on the rear for love or money .


SANDERS: you do not -- it isn't a -- truth is truth, all right?


Now, if you would like to afflict me, if somebody wants to mention that -- and by the way, all of these congresspeople that you simply mentioned with great care happen to be supporting other candidates, just accidentally, no doubt, coincidentally. But, you know, the reality is that the truth. and that is what happened within the first years of the Castro regime.


SOURCE: REAL CLEAR POLITICS

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