Monday at a CNN town hall 2020 Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders doubled down on his comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that included praise for his literacy program.
Bernie’s selective praise for murderous dictator Fidel Castro is somewhat reminiscent of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s words for Castro after his passing.
Trudeau sparked outrage by calling Castro a “larger than life leader” who “served his people” as well as “a legendary revolutionary and orator.”
Trudeau’s full statement:
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.
Despite the outrage, Trudeau never backed down.
Asked if his glowing remarks were inappropriate he replied:
“He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights,” Trudeau said “That’s something that I’m open about and highlighted, but on the passing of his death I expressed a statement that highlighted the deep connection between the people of Canada and the people of Cuba.”
WATCH (November 2016)
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