Sanders Praises Fidel Castro for Setting Up ‘Massive Literacy Program’

By Melanie Arter | February 24, 2020 | 2:49pm EST
(Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)

( – The late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro Isn’t so bad. After all, he set up “a massive literary program” for the Cuban people, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday. 

“We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. 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?” Sanders asked.


“There are a lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba,” host Anderson Cooper said.

“That's right, and we condemn that. Unlike Donald Trump, let's be clear, you want to-- I do not think that Kim Jong-un is a good friend. I don't trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine,” Sanders said.

They showed a video of Sanders defending Castro while explaining why the Cuban people didn’t rise up and help the United States overthrow him.

“He educated their kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society,” Sanders said at the time.

During the “60 Minutes” interview, Cooper asked what Democratic socialism is.

“When Donald Trump was a private businessman in New York, he got $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing. That's called corporate socialism. What democratic socialism is about is saying, let's use the federal government to protect the interests of working families,” Sanders said.


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