Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, sent out a combined set of tweets on Monday afternoon in Spanish and English that attacked both President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The English-language tweet contained a video clip of Sanders from CBS’s “60 Minutes” that depicted Sanders saying positive things about Fidel Castro, the late Communist dictator of Cuba.
Buttigieg’s Spanish-language tweet said: “Tras cuatro años de ver con horror cómo Trump se acerca a dictadores, necesitamos un presidente que sea extremadamente claro al oponerse a los regímenes que violan los derechos humanos en el extranjero. No podemos arriesgarnos nominando a alguien que no lo reconozca.”
The English-language tweet said: “After four years of looking on in horror as Trump cozied up to dictators, we need a president who will be extremely clear in standing against regimes that violate human rights abroad. We can't risk nominating someone who doesn't recognize this.”
The video clip from “60 Minutes” that was attached to this tweet showed Sanders in the 1980s saying of Fidel Castro: “And he educated their kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society.”
The clip then showed Sanders in the present time saying on “60 Minutes:” “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?”
On the video clip tweeted out by Buttigieg, Anderson Cooper then asks Sanders: “There’s a lot of dissidents in prison didn’t—“
Sanders interrupts him to say: “That’s right and we condemned 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.”