WATCH: Joy Behar Defends Bernie’s “Literacy Program” Praise of Fidel Castro’s Cuba

During the last debate in South Carolina, Bernie Sanders refused to back down from his selective praise for Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Sanders also stated that his opinion on Cuban leadership was similar to that of Barack Obama. “When dictatorships, whether it is Chinese or the Cubans do something good, you acknowledge that, but you don’t have to trade love letters with them.”

Townhall reports “The View” co-host Joy Behar defended Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) on Tuesday for his praise of Fidel Castro’s government improving literacy rates, despite his regime also arresting, torturing, and killing dissidents.

Sanders, the current frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, stood by his comments on “60 Minutes” during his CNN town hall on Monday.

“When Castro first came to power…he initiated a major literacy program. There was a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate and he formed a literacy brigade that 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,” Sanders told the audience.

The other hosts on “The View” said it was wrong for Sanders, but Behar said Sanders was being criticized because “American voters don’t understand nuance.”

“He said he was a bad guy. All he was saying was there was this one thing they did,” Behar said.

“There’s no way around that. This is as bad as you know who saying there were good people on both sides. It’s the same,” Whoopi Goldberg explained.

“I don’t agree,” Behar replied curtly.