2020 Democrat presidential contender Bernie Sanders is catching major heat for his defense of past comments concerning the policies of the late Cuban strongman Fidel Castro.
On social media, Sanders received bipartisan criticism.
After a clip of Sanders praising the Cuban regime in 1986 surfaced, Sanders said during a CBS News “60 Minutes” interview that “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?”
Sanders added, “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 then tried to shift conversation back to President Donald Trump, when he said, “Unlike Donald Trump … 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.”
The 2020 Democrat candidate’s remarks on CBS News were sharply criticized by a number of elected officials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio called Sanders “wrong.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz Tweeted on Sunday, February 23, 2020, “It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read [and] write.”
Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala tweeted, “I’m hoping that in the future, Senator Sanders will take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro.”
The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist was victorious in last weekend’s Nevada caucuses and is the favorite to win the Democrat nomination.
Berkeley Thug Arrested, Jailed After Hate Crime Threats Targeting Asians
Another white nationalist crime?
A Berkeley, California man with an extensive criminal history has been arrested and jailed after threatening Asians online. Reginald Jackson was jailed for violating terms of his parole after a judge learned of online threats the repeat felon leveled towards members of the Asian community.
“I’m gone blow a Asian done today”
“Like I said I’m in the town looking for an Asian to rob”
Using these images OPD identified him as a man w/a lengthy rap sheet including multiple weapons charges.
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) February 23, 2021
Jackson has been previously convicted of attempted robbery as a minor, assault with a deadly weapon, obstruction of a police officer, and multiple counts of possessing weapons as a felon.
A judge ordered Jackson to be jailed on a parole violation with a bond of $190,000, citing “incredible concern” with the frequency of his arrests on Tuesday. It’s unclear if Jackson, who the Oakland Police Department has identified as a gang member, will face criminal charges related to his violent threats leveled against Asians online.
Jackson’s arrest comes as members of the Asian community are drawing attention to a slew of violent crimes targeting Asians in California and across the country. In spite of video evidence revealing that some of the prominent crimes in question have been committed by blacks, protest movements in response to the crimes have blamed supposed “white nationalists” for the crimes. A left-wing protest in New York City blamed “white supremacy” for the hate crimes, seemingly looking the other way at the dynamics behind the incidents.
Several hundred people from the Washington Square Park "Unite Against White Nationalism" rally are now marching through Chelsea.
This protest is in response to anti-Asian/AAPI violence happening in New York and across the country. pic.twitter.com/Qy3kG3tRiK
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) February 20, 2021
There’s reason to believe that the crimes in question have been enabled by soft-on-crime practices utilized in California and New York, where repeat offenders are often released from the criminal justice system with a slap on the wrist. If members of the community continue to blame fictitious bogeymen for their occurrences, it’s likely the racially charged hate crimes will continue.
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