His push for Prez earns front-runner status and now Senator Bernie Sanders confronts Conservative outrage over comments on Cuba amid continued questions about Democratic Socialism.
A bit of context from savvy TKC readers . . .
FLASHBACK!!! CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER ALSO ENCOUNTERED OUTRAGE OVER HIS STATEMENTS ON CUBA!!!
This is especially relevant given that the Congressman is an "establishment Democratic Party" denizen and has already offered his endorsement to Veep Joe Biden. Surprisingly, Kansas City's top ranking politico has also flirted just a bit with the idea of Bloomberg for Prez. Still, this Cuba quote offers a bit more context on the touchy subject . . .
One more note . . . For the record, Prez Obama pretty much said the same thing about Cuba as Bernie without half as much hateration.
Here's the local angle sent our way for consideration . . .
Red State: Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) Has No Problems With Repressive, Murderous Dictatorships
From a 2009 NPR Interview:
Congressman Cleaver: “Well, the world operates at its best when there’s diversity. Every nation does not need to be like the United States. And, frankly, we already have ties to diplomatic nations. And, frankly, if there is repression in Cuba we didn’t see it.”
And now, to provide more context let's take a look at the latest rhetorical challenge confronting the Bernie Bros locally and across the nation . . .
Castro Legacy Contemplated
Sen. (I-Vt.) came under heavy criticism from Democrats on Monday after he suggested in a new interview that it was "unfair to simply say everything is bad" under the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's rule.
Miami Sound Machine Blasts
MIAMI - Bernie Sanderssays he's the Democrat best-equippedto defeat Donald Trump in November. But Florida Democrats insist he'sthe worst-equippedafter Sanders's refusal Sunday night to thoroughly condemn the Cuban Revolution.
First Ladies Of American Debate Talk Cuba Literacy
"The View" co-hosts unanimously panned Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Tuesday but co-host Joy Behar ruffled some feathers in how she defended the 2020 candidate and his comments about Cuba's dictatorship. At one point, Behar seemed to try and tout Cuba's literacy program, which Sanders similarly used as a way to defend former dictator Fidel Castro's regime.
Cuban Heat Explained
MIAMI - Carmen Peláez, a Cuban American playwright and filmmaker - as well as an active Democrat - said she was "gobsmacked" when she heard presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praise Cuba's education and health care system during a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night.
Path To Redemption
There are two ways to misinterpret the comments Bernie Sanders made in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday night. When asked by the host, Anderson Cooper, to explain his long-ago praise of the achievements of Fidel Castro's regime, in Cuba, Sanders said, "We are very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba.
Unfair Commie Questions
Bernie Sanders has a problem. On a few occasions he has given qualified praise to dastardly Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Cuba, thus proving his sympathy with the Red menace. So says both the army of Never Trump conservatives (numbering in my count at maybe two dozen, every one of which has a newspaper column somewhere), and various Democratic elites, including some of Sanders' presidential opponents.
Life Lesson For Bernie
Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago, pictured in third grade in Cuba, was ostracized for not wearing her school uniform with the required scarf of the young Communist pioneers. Family photo Look at the little girl in the picture.
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