March 1, 2020By Andrea Widburg
When it comes to Fidel Castro, Bernie just can’t quit him. The problem for Bernie is that Florida, with its 248 delegates for the Democrat primary and its 29 Electoral College votes, may be finding it increasingly easy to quit Bernie.
Bernie has a man-crush on Fidel Castro. Given the opportunity, he keeps lavishing love on a dictator who drove thousands of his country people to exile, slaughtered thousands more, imprisoned tens of thousands of his people, and drove his country into decades of poverty.
In 2016, Bernie defended Castro when Hillary attacked him for a 1985 video in which he talks about how wonderful it was that Castro gave kids literacy and healthcare. Bernie had a comeback ready:
“Cuba is, of course, an authoritarian, undemocratic country and I hope very much, as soon as possible, it becomes a democratic country,” Sanders said.
“But on the other hand it would be wrong not to state that in Cuba they have made some good advances in healthcare, they are sending doctors all over the world.
“They have made some progress in education.”
That set the template. Bernie has consistently repeated this shtick in the last couple of weeks. He did so in an interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes. Later, during a CNN town hall, Bernie praised Castro again. And then he kept on going, over and over, in every forum, doggedly praising Castro.
For most people, there are some political systems or dictators so bad that you don’t praise anything they did. No one says, “Yeah, Hitler murdered 6 million Jews and started a war that left around $40 million dead, but you have to give him credit for building a very good army.” Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Pol Pot . . . all of them are too toxic to touch with praise, especially praise for things that flowed directly from their tyrannical rule.
Bernie’s stubbornness on this issue has cost him. While he once had a lead in Florida, home to the majority of refugees from Cuba, as well as their descendants, now Biden is in the lead. And here’s something that may be related: Cubans are coming out strongly in support of Trump, a man who not only does not praise Castro but who reinstated the embargo that Obama, the last Democrat president, revoked.
Enthusiastic Miami Cubans, unhappy with the Democrats’ love for and overtures to Cuba, had an impromptu parade on Saturday