During a CNN town hall Monday, 2020 Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders doubled down on his partial defense of Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, stating bluntly “The truth is the truth.”
When Fidel Castro first came to power…he initiated a major literacy program. There were a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate, and he formed a literacy brigade…they went out and they helped people learn to read and write.
You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing. I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world, including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia.
I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism. But, you know, you can’t say — China is another example. China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian.
But can anyone deny — I mean, the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history.
Responding to Bernie’s reasoning, rival Pete Buttigieg said “Of course literacy is a good thing, but why are we spotlighting the literacy programs of a brutal dictator instead of being unambiguous in our condemnation about the way he was treating his own people?”
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