A video taken in 1986 shows 2020 American presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recalling his excitement over Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.
The footage, taken when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, also shows the Democrat party frontrunner criticizing U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba.
Sanders was speaking to students at the University of Vermont when he noted the excitement that came with watching a Communist ruler ascend to power.
“I remember, for some reason or another, being very excited when [former Cuban dictator] Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba,” Bernie tells an enthralled audience.
“It just seemed appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”
Sanders, a devout fan of communism, to the point where he and his wife honeymooned in the Soviet Union, also stated that America’s anti-Communist stance at the time made him want to “puke.”
“[John F.] Kennedy was saying that [Richard] Nixon was too soft on Communism in Cuba,” Sanders recalled. “I actually got up from the room and almost left to puke.”
Video: @BernieSanders, University of Vermont, 1986, recalls his excitement watching Castro’s revolution “rising up against the ugly rich people.” & his sick feeling watching JFK speak out against communism in Cuba.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 21, 2019
Seeing a self-described Democratic socialist sing the praises of Castro isn’t shocking, but it is an important reminder of what the resistance party is quickly morphing into. Sanders is, after all, the man along with Joe Biden who consistently tops the polls in the fledgling Democrat primary.
For those who wish to rewrite history and offer glowing takes on Fidel, it’s good to remind those young impressionable minds that Castro was a sick, demented murderer. He killed tens of thousands of people and forced the country into wild impoverishment.
He imprisoned dissidents and imposed one-party rule on the island nation.
Bernie, as he has been for most of his career, is on the wrong side of history. Castro’s revolution helped usher in rising anti-American sentiments in Cuba, something that apparently ‘excites’ Sanders.
“Suspicious of what they believed to be Castro’s leftist ideology and worried that his ultimate goals might include attacks on the U.S.’s significant investments and property in Cuba,” the History Channel explains, “American officials were nearly unanimous in opposing his revolutionary movement.”
Bernie, however, was a big fan.
Also a Fan of Bread Lines
This isn’t the first time Sanders’ radical views have been pronounced out in the open for everyone to hear.
He previously praised Castro as a forward-thinking leader who “educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society.”
He has even openly praised bread lines.
“It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That is a good thing!” Sanders suggested. “In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
Bernie, loves those breadlines….
— Michael Cordo (@MikeCLV) April 25, 2019
“You know, not to say Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect – they are certainly not – but just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say the people in these nations feel the same,” Sanders says in a 1985 video.
Ladies and gentleman, your leader in the Democrat race to unseat a President who wants to ‘Make America Great Again’ is a man who wants to make America the Soviet Union.