Even Some Democrats Are Criticizing Bernie Sanders for Downplaying Fidel Castro's Regime

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Posted: Feb 24, 2020 11:10 AM
Even Some Democrats Are Criticizing Bernie Sanders for Downplaying Fidel Castro's Regime

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Some Florida Democrats are criticizing Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) for downplaying Fidel Castro's regime, which jailed and executed dissidents, because he at least improved the country's literacy rates.

"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 asked, adding. "Unlike Donald Trump, let's be clear, I do not think that Kim Jong-Un is a good friend. I don't trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladmir Putin, not a great friend of mine."

Sanders clarified by saying he did not agree with Castro's brutal actions towards dissidents.

Since Florida is a critical state to win in the Electoral College and is home to many Cubans who fled Castro's regime, Democrats in the staten are sounding the alarm that if Sanders is the nominee, then the party count on Florida going to President Trump in November.

Democratic Reps. Donna Shalala, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and Stephanie Murphy each tweeted criticisms in regards to Sanders' remarks. 

Political strategists Ana Navarro and Rick Wilson, who are based in Florida, called out Sanders.

"And let’s be clear, Cubans weren’t exactly communicating by grunts. Most knew how to read," Navarro said.