Bernie Sanders Doubles Down on Castro Comments by Defending Communist China

by Scott Morefield

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doubled down on his Sunday comments praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s “massive literacy program” during a Monday night CNN town hall, then attempted to bolster his logic by claiming that Communist China took “more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history.”

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders told “60 Minutes” on Sunday. “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?”

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