Castro regime’s been in power in Cuba for +60 yrs w/o free elections. They’ve killed, jailed, tortured thousands. They confiscated assets, expelled priests & nuns... And let’s be clear, Cubans weren’t exactly communicating by grunts. Most knew how to read. pic.twitter.com/kKGM66a8ci— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) February 24, 2020
Self-styled “democratic socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination after an easy victory in Nevada Saturday — was met with widespread backlash Sunday after he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Sanders’ praise of the tyrannical communist leader, made on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper, echoed another much-criticized compliment of Castro by social justice activist Colin Kaepernick, who famously found himself flooded with boos when he took the field soon afterward in Miami.
Pressed Sunday by host Anderson Cooper about his past positive comments about various murderous communist regimes, Sanders said, “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?”
Sanders’ praise of Castro is almost identical to that offered by Kaepernick back in 2016, his final year in the league, a few days before a game in Miami against the Dolphins. The then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback was asked by a Cuban-American Miami Herald reporter about a T-shirt he wore to a press conference in August featuring an image of Castro meeting with Malcolm X in 1960 with the caption, “Like minds think alike.”
After trying to dodge the question, Kaepernick responded, “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system — which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”