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Rapper Pitbull issues warning about communism, says Fidel Castro would have been jealous of lockdowns

Before Pitbull was a world-renowned Grammy Award-winning rapper with a net worth of $100 million, he was best known as Armando Christian Pérez. The first-generation Cuban American whose family escaped the iron-fisted rule of Fidel Castro gives a stark warning about communism rising in the United States.

Pitbull’s grandmother initially fought in the Cuban revolutionary war on the side of Castro, but once he took power, she realized that she had made a grave mistake. In the early 1960s, there were rumors swirling in Cuba that Castro was going to round-up children and place them in communist indoctrination centers.

Pitbull’s grandmother sent her two daughters to the United States during Operation Peter Pan, a covert program that brought 14,000 Cuban children to the U.S. between 1960 to 1962 at the height of the Cold War. Pitbull’s mother and aunt were taken to Florida, where the rapper’s father would also land after fleeing from Fidel.

“My grandmother fought in the [Cuban] revolutionary war actually with Castro, because everybody thought that Batista was corrupt,” Pitbull told CNN in 2009. “I’m not saying that he wasn’t, but it’s almost like the lesser of two evils. [When she became disillusioned with the Castro government], my mother and my aunt got sent off in an operation called Peter Pan without their parents. She didn’t see her mother for seven years. As far as my father – he came over also. He didn’t come in the Peter Pan, but they fled the country.”

Pitbull appeared on the Revolt TV, a music-oriented digital cable television network founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, where he discussed the dangers of communism.

“My family comes from communism, they fled communism, they had everything taken away from them, everybody got murdered, everybody got killed,” Pitbull said. “That’s the reason me, being a first-generation Cuban American, I look at freedom and I appreciate that s***. I appreciate opportunity. That comes from the fact that Castro took over everything.”

Pérez noted that Fidel Castro would have been jealous of the global lockdowns because of how easily governments were able to get widespread compliance with the effectiveness of the coronavirus lockdowns. Pitbull says that Castro had to have missiles pointed at the U.S. to gain power.

Pitbull talked about big tech censorship and likened it to communism.

“If anybody is not a part of the narrative we gonna take it off online… which to me smells like… communism,” Pérez said.

He told people to stop being “worried about followers and likes, and whose on TikTok and Instagram.”

Pitbull also brought up several conspiracy theories about the coronavirus during the interview.

Pitbull, AKA “Mr. Worldwide,” has said that he would never play a concert in Cuba as long as the communist Castros are in charge of the country.

“I won’t perform in Cuba until there’s no more Castro and there’s a free Cuba,” Pitbull told The Guardian in 2011.

“To me, Cuba’s the biggest prison in the world, and I would be very hypocritical were I to perform there,” he explained. “The people in Cuba, they know what I stand for, and there’s a lot of people in Cuba that stand for the same. But they can’t say it.”

Pérez had strong words against anyone wearing a T-shirt with Marxist Revolutionary guerrilla leader, who is beloved by many liberals and leftists. “It’s like wearing an Adolf Hitler T-shirt and not knowing,” he stated. “You’re gonna offend a lot of people.”

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JPL Sentry System detects asteroid impact risk on November 2

An Apollo class asteroid named 2018 VP1 is one of just 29 objects listed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) as having a 1 in 240 chance of colliding with Earth on November 2.

CNEOS data shows the lingering 6.5-foot diameter boulder will pose a threat to the planet three times between now and 2015 and has listed the object’s next close approach in early November.

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Possible Biden VP pick faces problems over praise for Castro and Scientology, reported attendance at Nation of Islam events

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is under scrutiny after reports emerged that she attended Nation of Islam events.

Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is widely reported to be on presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice president short list.

Bass has also reportedly made questionable remarks about Scientology and has a troubling past relationship with Cuba and the Fidel Castro regime.

What are the details?

During a Monday interview with NBC News, Bass insisted, “I’m not a socialist. I’m not a communist. I’ve belonged to one party my entire life and that’s the Democratic Party, and I’m a Christian.”

According to Fox News, Bass traveled to Cuba in 1973 with a group called the Venceremos Brigade, which the outlet described as a “joint venture between the Castro regime and left-wing U.S. groups that organized trips for Americans to the country.”

Fox reports that during the trip, Bass attended a Fidel Castro speech. When he passed in 2016, Bass reportedly referred to the dictator as “comandante en jefe” — or “commander in chief” — and lamented his death as a “great loss to the people of Cuba.”

Of the remarks, she told MSNBC that she would “certainly” not make such statements again.

“I have talked to my colleagues in the House about that,” she said, “and it’s certainly something that I would not say again. I have always supported the Cuban people, and the relationship that Barack Obama and Biden had in their administration in terms of opening up relations.”

She also told NBC News that she didn’t consider herself to be a “Castro sympathizer.”

She also said that a new perspective about the dictator “developed over time,” and insisted that his regime was a brutal one.

Nation of Islam ties?

On Monday, the Daily Caller reported that Bass took part in Nation of Islam-related events for three years in a row beginning in 2013.

The outlet reported that a spokesperson for Bass said that she never spoke with or met Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

“Rep. Bass has never met Louis Farrakhan, has never spoken to Louis Farrakhan, and has no ties to Louis Farrakhan,” the spokesperson told the news outlet.

Tony Muhammad, director of the Nation of Islam’s Western division, lauded Bass and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in 2018, saying that Farrakhan would speak with either of them if they wanted to open up a dialogue about blackness in America.

Muhammad said, “I think our black politicians should stand down. Minister Farrakhan will take a call from a Maxine Waters or Karen Bass. He will stop what he’s doing … come and correct him, he’s told him. But don’t let anyone tell you I’ve done something wrong without checking.”

Scientology’s ‘exciting’ doctrines

In 2010, Bass was embroiled in a controversy after she seemingly praised the Church of Scientology.

During an opening for the “church,” Bass said, “The Church of Scientology I know has made a difference, because your creed is a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere. The words are exciting of your founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in the Creed of the Church of Scientology: that all people of whatever race, color, or creed, are created with equal rights.”

In a lengthy weekend Twitter statement, Bass insisted that while she did make the remarks about Scientology, she only related to them through a lens of agreeing with equal rights sentiments.

“[I] found an area of agreement in their beliefs — where all people, of whatever race, color, or creed are created with equal rights, which is what my remarks were about,” she explained.

“Since then, published first-hand accounts in books, interviews and documentaries have exposed this group,” she added. “Everyone is now aware of the allegations against Scientology. Back in 2010, I attended the event knowing I was going to address a group of people with beliefs very different than my own, and spoke briefly about things I think most of us agree with, and on those things — respect for different views, equality, and fighting oppression — my views have not changed.”

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Cuban immigrant has dire warning for Americans, says ‘communists’ are trying to take over US

Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant turned American businessman, has a dire warning about the direction of America.

Alvarez, who escaped communist Cuba nearly 60 years ago, sat on a business roundtable last week that included top business leaders, politicians, and even President Donald Trump.


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During the event, Alvarez explained that “communists” are now trying to force Americans to swallow the same “pill” that Fidel Castro tricked Cuban into swallowing during the Cuban Revolution.

“What is happening in our backyard today, I experienced as an 11-year-old. I remember vividly all the promises that a guy named Castro gave, and how 99% of the people swallowed the pill,” Alvarez said.

According to Alvarez, Castro was selling the same bill of free goods to Cubans that far-left politicians are attempting to sell Americans today.

“I remember all the promises that we hear today about free education and free health care and free land,” Alvarez said.

“My God, no freedom,” he continued. “But he never said that until after he was in power, got rid of all the police, got rid of all the military — been there for the last 60 years and counting. And he destroyed each and every one who helped him.”

Later in his speech, Alvarez pleaded with young Americans to not become the same “useful idiots” that Castro turned the Cuban people into, before sharing sage advice from his father.

“He saw me graduate from college, and that was the biggest prize he ever had. And he said, ‘Don’t lose this place because you’re never going to be as lucky as me. Because if you lose this place, you have no place to go,'” Alvarez explained.

Alvarez is founder and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, which operates in South Florida.

Watch the full speech below:

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Rep. Matt Gaetz reveals he has a son

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) revealed that he has a non-biological teenage son who immigrated to the United States from Cuba.

What are the details?

Gaetz tweeted out a picture of himself and a young man on Thursday with the message, “For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor [Galban]. We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida.”

The Republican added, “Nestor turned 19 a few days ago & will be off to University. He arrived here at 12.”

Signaling the reasoning behind his post, Gaetz explained, “As you can imagine, I was triggered when (to make an absurd debate point) a fellow congressman diminished the contributions of Republicans because we don’t raise non-white kids. Well, I have.”

The news came as a surprise to many on social media, as this is the first time the congressman — who is not married — has spoken publicly about having a son. It is unclear whether Gaetz formally adopted Nestor.

Gaetz’s sister, Erin Gaetz, confirmed on social media, “Nestor came into our lives when he was 12 and had just lost his mother. He didn’t speak English, but luckily, Matt speaks Spanish. Matt has been an incredible father to Nestor…so proud of them both.”

Nestor also replied to his father’s post, writing, “I love you, keep up the good work, we all support you and love you!”

Rep. Gaetz was hit with a barrage of skeptical tweets and criticism from trolls over his announcement, and some even pushed the hashtag, “#freenestor.”

One of the people who defended the Republican was former congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Calif.), who wrote, “Many of you know @mattgaetz & I have an unlikely friendship. I can’t stand a lot of his beliefs but he’s been there for me when others haven’t. He talks about Nestor more than anything, has done so much for his son & is truly a proud dad. This #freenestor thing is bullshit. Stop.”

What ‘triggered’ Gaetz?

On Wednesday, Gaetz engaged in a heated exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) during a markup of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

Richmond, who is black, said that Republicans could not relate to the discrimination he has faced during his life, or to the concerns he has as the parent of a black son.

Gaetz asked Richmond, “Are you suggesting that you’re certain that none of us have non-white children?”

The congressman from Louisiana replied, “I’m concerned about black people in the streets, and if one of them happens to be your kid I’m concerned about him, too. And clearly I’m more concerned about him than you are.”

With that, Gaetz fired back, “You’re claiming you have more concern for my family than I do? Who in the hell do you think you are?”

Richmond taunted, “Was that a nerve?”


FIERY: Cedric Richmond and Matt Gaetz get into HEATED shouting match during House debate

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Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B, Successful in Treating COVID-19

For 40 years, Cuba has been using a molecule named Interferon Alpha 2B , which has successfully been used to combat the new Coronavirus in China and elsewhere.

“The world has an opportunity to understand that health is not a commercial asset but a basic right,” Cuban doctor Luis Herrera, the creator of the Interferon Alfa 2-B medication, one of the most successful medications in the fight against COVID-19 told teleSUR Tuesday.

Interferon has been known for more than 40 years: first, it was produced from original sources in local sites, then nationally and later in the United States and even Finland.

“At the beginning of the 80s, an important professor from Houston came to Cuba and advised our President Fidel Castro than the Interferon we had here was a very interesting molecule for a different purpose,” Herrera told teleSUR.

“Then a group of people went to Finland to get training in the production of interferon,” while people were also producing Interferon from recombined sources using genetic engineering.

The first one was Beta Interferon in Japan, and the second one was the family of Alpha Interferon by Genetec in California, according to the Cuban doctor.

“One year later in Cuba, we cloned different genes of Interferon from local sites, and we started to produce Interferon in 1981 and 1982, which we used in the outbreak of dengue fever, and we presented the results in the United States in California.”

One of the ways the virus can multiply inside the cells is by decreasing the levels of Interferon naturally produced in human cells. The molecule thus, through a different metabolic way, can create conditions to limit the replication of the virus.

During the MERS-CoV epidemic three years ago – another type of coronavirus – people realized that Interferon was decreased during the replication of the virus, highlighted Herrera.

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ESCOBAR: CHINA LOCKED IN HYBRID WAR WITH US

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Fallout from Covid-19 outbreak puts Beijing and Washington on a collision course…

Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus.

Beijing is carefully, incrementally shaping the narrative that, from the beginning of the coronovirus attack, the leadership knew it was under a hybrid war attack. Xi’s terminology is a major clue. He said, on the record, that this was war. And, as a counter-attack, a “people’s war” had to be launched.

Moreover, he described the virus as a demon or devil. Xi is a Confucianist. Unlike some other ancient Chinese thinkers, Confucius was loath to discuss supernatural forces and judgment in the afterlife. However, in a Chinese cultural context, devil means “white devils” or “foreign devils”: guailo in Mandarin, gweilo in Cantonese. This was Xi delivering a powerful statement in code.

When Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, voiced in an incandescent tweet the possibility that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan” – the first blast to this effect to come from a top official – Beijing was sending up a trial balloon signaliing that the gloves were finally off. Zhao Lijian made a direct connection with the Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019, which included a delegation of 300 US military.

He directly quoted US CDC director Robert Redfield who, when asked last week whether some deaths by coronavirus had been discovered posthumously in the US, replied that “some cases have actually been diagnosed this way in the US today.”

Zhao’s explosive conclusion is that Covid-19 was already in effect in the US before being identified in Wuhan – due to the by now fully documented inability of US to test and verify differences compared with the flu.

Adding all that to the fact that coronavirus genome variations in Iran and Italy were sequenced and it was revealed they do not belong to the variety that infected Wuhan, Chinese media are now openly asking questions and drawing a connection with the shutting down in August last year of the “unsafe” military bioweapon lab at Fort Detrick, the Military Games, and the Wuhan epidemic. Some of these questions had been asked – with no response – inside the US itself.

Extra questions linger about the opaque Event 201 in New York on October 18, 2019: a rehearsal for a worldwide pandemic caused by a deadly virus – which happened to be coronavirus. This magnificent coincidence happened one month before the outbreak in Wuhan.

Event 201 was sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the CIA, Bloomberg, John Hopkins Foundation and the UN. The World Military Games opened in Wuhan on the exact same day.

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Cuba’s Contribution to Combatting COVID-19

COVID-19 surged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019 and by January 2020 it had hit Hubei province like a tidal wave, swirling over China and rippling out overseas. The Chinese state rolled into action to combat the spread and care for those infected. Among the 30 medicines the Chinese National Health Commission selected to fight the virus was a Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2b. This drug has been produced in China since 2003, by the enterprise ChangHeber, a Cuban-Chinese joint venture.

Cuban Interferon Alpha 2b has proven effective for viruses with characteristics similar to those of COVID-19. Cuban biotech specialist, Dr Luis Herrera Martinez explained that ‘its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.’ Cuba first developed and used interferons to arrest a deadly outbreak of the dengue virus in 1981, and the experience catalysed the development of the island’s now world-leading biotech industry.

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Dominic Raab Thanks Cuba for Coronavirus Assistance

Dominic Raab, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, thanked the Cuban Government today in parliament for their assistance with the stricken British cruise ship the MS Braemar which had passengers with possible coronavirus infections.

He made the ministerial statement to MPs in parliament today

“I spoke to the Cuban Foreign Minister twice over the weekend and we are very grateful to the Cuban government for swiftly enabling this operation and for their close cooperation to make sure it could be successful.”

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Cuban Drug Could Save Thousands of Lives in Coronavirus Pandemic

Cuban medicine could treat thousands of coronavirus patients as production of a “flagship” drug known to combat the disease is set to increase significantly, pharmaceutical bosses said at a press conference on Friday.

President of the BioCubaFarma group Eduardo Martinez explained that the socialist island has developed 22 drugs that are set to be used to contain the outbreak.

So far it is known that one of the drugs manufactured by Cuba, Interferon B, has managed to effectively cure more than 1,500 patients from the coronavirus and is one of 30 drugs chosen by the Chinese National Health Commission to combat respiratory disease.

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Western Union Suspends Family Remittances to Cuba, Except from the U.S.

This is sanction number 191 imposed by the U.S. government on the Cuban people, with the purpose of causing discouragement and despair, while portraying revolutionary authorities as responsible for the damage caused by its aggressive policy

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BERNIE SANDERS WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE CUBAN LITERACY CAMPAIGN

The corporate media have long been looking for ways to discredit Bernie Sanders, and they settled on a surprising statement he made in the 1980s during his tenure as mayor of Burlington when he said, “We have a lot to learn from Cuba.”

Now, they have latched onto a statement he made about Cuba during an interview on “60 Minutes” after winning the Nevada caucuses: “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders said. “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing?”

Ironically, several years earlier, in 2016, President Obama said something quite similar, expressly celebrating Cuba’s hard-won national education system.

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American once wrongly imprisoned in Cuba says Bernie Sanders commended the communist country to his face — while visiting him in prison

An American who was wrongfully imprisoned in Cuba for five years during Barack Obama’s presidency is accusing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) of telling him he doesn’t understand why others think the communist country is so bad while visiting him behind bars.

Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development to expand internet access the country’s small Jewish community, according to an NPR report about their recent interview with Gross.

In 2014, more than four years into his imprisonment, Sanders visited Cuba as a part of a congressional delegation along with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and former Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.). While in the country, the senators held a one-hour meeting with Gross.

It was during that meeting, which took place while Gross was still facing many more years in prison, that Sanders allegedly commended the communist country. From NPR:

“He said, quote: ‘I don’t know what’s so wrong with this country,’ ” Gross recalled.

Sanders’ campaign declined to comment about the meeting with Gross, and Tester said he did not recall the discussion.

A source close to Heitkamp said the then-North Dakota senator remembered that Sanders seemed to disregard the meeting with Gross and that an uncomfortable exchange occurred, but did not remember the exact remark.

Gross recalls that he had pleasant conversations with Tester and Heitkamp but that Sanders mostly remained quiet during the meeting, until toward the end when he made the comments.

“I just think, you know, it was a stupid thing for him to do,” he told NPR. “First, how could he not have seen the incredible deterioration of what was once the grandeur of the pre-Castro era. And two, how could be so insensitive to make that remark to a political hostage — me!”

Gross, who opposes Sanders for president, added that he is going public about the comments now because they have become “relevant” in lieu of Sanders’ renewed defense of Castro’s communist regime in Cuba.

In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Sanders doubled down on remarks he made in the 1980s applauding Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s literacy program.

“It’s unfair to say that everything is bad,” he argued during the interview. “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?”

After taking heat and facing intense scrutiny over the comments in the following days, Sanders tripled down and then quadrupled down on his talking points, later arguing that Castro gave health care to the Cuban people, too.

“For him to make those statements demonstrating a basic lack of a grasp on reality is problematic to me. I don’t want to see this guy in the White House,” Gross said.

All in all, Gross spent 1,841 days behind bars in Cuba before finally being released in exchange for the U.S. government releasing three Cuban spies. While in prison, Gross lost five teeth and more than 100 pounds and allegedly faced repeated threats of torture and hanging.

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House Dems block resolution condemning Sanders’ pro-Castro comments

Although some Democrats have tried distancing themselves from a series of recent comments by Sen. Bernie Sanders where he praised certain aspects of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s authoritarian regime, including a “massive literacy program,” House Democrats voted unanimously to block a resolution condemning the presidential candidate’s remarks.

Introduced by Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who is Cuban American, the House resolution called out Sanders by name for “disregarding the history of systemic human rights abuses, forced indoctrination, and authoritarian actions of the literacy and education policies of the Communist Castro dictatorship in Cuba.”

Condemned communism and torture of innocent men and women

Diaz-Balart’s resolution also asked House members to affirm that “the literacy and education policy of the tyrannical Castro dictatorship served to indoctrinate the Cuban people with Marxist-Communist ideology and anti-United States sentiment” and repudiate Castro’s use of firing squads and imprisonment of political dissidents.

The House resolution also recognized that communism “has claimed at least 100,000,000 victims, and has led to financial ruin and brutal oppression in Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere.”

When he announced his plans to introduce the statement for a House vote, Diaz-Balart emphasized the Castro regime’s record of backing anti-American dictatorships throughout the world.

“I remind the senator and the progressive movement that the Castro regime is a threat, not only by the way to the national security of the United States, but also to all of the democracies in this hemisphere. This regime has been on the list of state sponsors of terrorism for many years for its support of other terrorist states and organized terrorist groups,” he told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday when announcing the resolution.

“That is, by the way, why I’m filing, filed a resolution that condemns the blatantly false, irresponsible, ignorant, highly ignorant and hurtful comments of the democratic socialist candidate for president, Mr. Sanders,” Diaz-Balart added, according to The Hill.

Democrats unanimously block it

In a “60 Minutes” interview aired on Sunday, Sanders praised the Cuban regime, noting that Castro “formed a literacy brigade … he 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.”

The comments drew bipartisan criticism, even prompting a DNC spokeswoman to have to clarify that the Democratic Party opposes the island’s communist regime.

“I will let Bernie Sanders speak for his comments, but we are very clear in the Democratic Party that we speak out against brutal dictatorships like those of Castro and we support the people of Cuba, fleeing Cuba under that dictatorship,”

However, when a vote was taken Thursday on whether Diaz-Balart’s resolution should be brought forth to the full House of Representatives for a vote, not a single Democratic House member supported it.

Two South Florida Democrats — Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala — were among 16 House members who did not vote on the matter.

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VIDEO: Bernie was given two more chances to denounce Castro’s Cuba during and after Tuesday’s debate — instead he gushed over it again

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) cannot help but defend Fidel Castro’s communist regime in Cuba.

The self-avowed democratic socialist and frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race was given multiple opportunities both during and after the primary debate Tuesday to denounce the regime — instead he used both opportunities to defend his past comments in support of it.

Here’s the quick background: Sanders was the subject of intense scrutiny in the lead up to the debate after his 1980s comments about Fidel Castro’s Cuba were brought up in an interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday. In the interview, Sanders doubled down on his praise for Castro’s “literacy program and said his campaign is “very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba” but that “it’s unfair to say that everything is bad.”

During a CNN Town Hall the following day, Sanders once again refused to back down from his claims, saying, “truth is truth.”

Fast forward to Tuesday night’s debate where CBS moderators gave Sanders yet another chance to clarify his comments. Sanders, not taking the hint, dug his heels in again, this time to boos from the crowd.

“It’s what Barack Obama said in terms of Cuba; that Cuba made progress on education,” Sanders said as some in the audience booed.

“Really? Literacy programs are bad?” he asked in response to the boos. “What Barack Obama said is that they made great progress on education and health care.”

But that’s not all. CBS brought up the issue again in a post-debate interview with Sanders — this time with even more urgency. The interviewer highlighted the “potential political peril” that such views on Castro’s Cuba could cause Democrats in Florida, a key swing-state, as he addressed Sanders’ comments.

Slightly annoyed, Sanders yet again repeated essentially the same line.

“Cuba is a dictatorship, I’ve said that eight million times,” the senator said, sounding exasperated. “But … even under a dictatorship you can teach people to read and to write … you could provide health care to all people.”

Sanders’ refusal to denounce the horrors of totalitarian socialist regimes like the one in Cuba under Fidel Castro has bewildered and angered Democratic pundits, who fear it will lead to the eventual re-election of President Donald Trump should Sanders become the nominee.

Even progressive CNN political analyst Van Jones couldn’t believe what he heard from the leading candidate. Here was his reaction after last night’s debate:

I was disappointed with Bernie’s answer on the socialism question. He had to know that was coming. There’s no reason to do a big retrospective nostalgia scream-fest about authoritarian regimes from the 70s. It was an opportunity for Bernie to clarify to the American people that when he says ‘”democratic socialism” — that’s the point it’s not that stuff from Cuba., it’s not that stuff from the Soviet Union. It’s the stuff you see in northern Europe that’s working well for normal people and they vote all the time. He failed to do that. It’s unbelievable he failed to do it. It’s what a big chunk of our party needs to hear from him, and he didn’t do it tonight.

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Buttigieg hammers Sanders on Castro comments: ‘We need to stand against dictatorship everywhere in the world’

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful picked apart recent comments about the Fidel Castro regime made by rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), accusing the senator of “encouraging people to look on the bright side” of the repressive dictatorship.

Buttigieg gave his scathing critique of the self-described democratic socialist’s recent commentsasd at a Monday night CNN Town Hall event in Charleston, SC.

“Senator Sanders has been criticized for remarks he made praising a literacy program during Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba,” began CNN host Don Lemon’s question, which noted that Sanders had stood by his comments earlier at the event. “He said ‘You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.’ Do you think that’s a fair assessment?”

“So, this is part of what I’m getting at when I say that — in our one shot to defeat Donald Trump — we should think carefully about the consequences of nominating Senator Sanders,” Buttigieg began. “I don’t want — as a Democrat — I don’t want to be explaining why our nominee is encouraging people to look on the bright side of the Castro regime when we are going into the election of our lives; We need to stand against unequivocally against dictatorships everywhere in the world.”

Lemon followup up, asking “so you don’t think that’s a good excuse? He says he thinks he’s a dictator, but literacy is a good thing. There’s no nuance to that?”

“Of course literacy is a good thing,” Buttigieg responded, “but why are we spotlighting the literacy programs of a brutal dictator instead of being unambiguous in our condemnation in the way he has treated his own people?”

Earlier that same day, the former South Bend mayor also hit Sanders for his Castro comments in a statement on Twitter which also included a criticism of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

“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,” Buttigieg wrote. “We can’t risk nominating someone who doesn’t recognize this.”

Sanders also took heat from other Democrats for his Castro literacy comments on Monday.

Fellow 2020 presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg wrote on social media that “Fidel Castro left a dark legacy of forced labor camps, religious repression, widespread poverty, firing squads, and the murder of thousands of his own people,” the former mayor wrote. “But sure, Bernie, let’s talk about his literacy program.”

“Make no mistake: Bernie Sanders’ comments on Fidel Castro are a part of a larger pattern throughout his life to embrace autocratic leaders and governments across the globe,” read a Monday statement from Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. “He seems to have found more inspiration in the Soviets, Sandinistas, Chavistas, and Castro than in America.”

“As the first South American immigrant member of Congress who proudly represents thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba absolutely unacceptable,” wrote Rep Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) on Twitter. “The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families,” Mucarsel-Powell added. “To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society.”

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Joe Biden excoriates Bernie Sanders in scathing statement about ‘offensive’ Cuba comments

The campaign for presidential candidate Joe Biden excoriated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over comments he made defending the communist regime in Cuba.

The Biden campaign released a statement on Monday.

“Make no mistake: Bernie Sanders’ comments on Fidel Castro are a part of a larger pattern throughout his life to embrace autocratic leaders and governments across the globe,” read the statement.

“He seems to have found more inspiration in the Soviets, Sandinistas, Chavistas, and Castro than in America. His admiration for elements of Castro’s dictatorship or at least willingness to look past Cuba’s human rights violations is not just dangerous, it is deeply offensive to the many people in Florida, New Jersey, and across the country that have fled political persecution and sought refuge in the United States,” the statement continued.

“Bernie’s comments indicate he either fails to understand the pain and suffering that Fidel Castro, Nicolas Maduro, and Daniel Ortega have caused to so many people, including Americans now living here, or worse, that his ideology blinds him to the realities of life in these countries,” he added.

“We already have one president who praises dictators and their mob-like tendencies; we don’t need another one,” the statement concluded.

Even Democrats were surprised and dismayed at the comments from Sanders that appeared to downplay the horrors of the communist Cuban regime.

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba,” said Sanders, “but it’s unfair to say everything was bad!”

He went on to note that Castro also had implemented literacy programs after executing political dissidents.

There has been a renewed focus on Sanders’ previous controversial comments after he overtook Biden as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race.

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Michael Bloomberg hits Bernie Sanders on Cuba. He must have forgotten his own comments on China’s regime.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling out his primary campaign rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the latter’s comments praising the authoritarian Fidel Castro regime in Cuba, but he might want to rethink that tactic given what he’s previously said about the authoritarian Communist regime in China.

During a Sunday night interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Sanders was confronted with some of his past comments supporting the repressive regime in Havana. When asked about them by show contributor Anderson Cooper, the senator said that he still does support aspects of the Castro government’s rule.

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba,” Sanders said to Cooper before offering his defense of the regime. “But it’s unfair to say that everything is bad.”

Sanders then went on to say that “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?”

Cue Mike Bloomberg’s retort. The New York billionaire was one of many people who took issue with Sanders’ partial defense of the communist government, putting out his criticism in the form of a Monday afternoon tweet.

“Fidel Castro left a dark legacy of forced labor camps, religious repression, widespread poverty, firing squads, and the murder of thousands of his own people,” the former mayor wrote. “But sure, Bernie, let’s talk about his literacy program.”

While Bloomberg’s criticism may have been apt, indeed, for the matter at hand, the former mayor doesn’t come from too strong of a position to lecture others on not defending repressive regimes.

Lest we forget, just a few months ago Bloomberg went as far as to say that Chinese leader Xi Jinping was not a dictator and that the regime in Beijing has to listen to its constituents and claimed an effort to boost air quality by moving coal-fired plants away from cities as an example.

“The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public,” Bloomberg said in a September interview with PBS. “When the public says ‘I can’t breathe the air’ — Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.”

“He’s not a dictator?” PBS’ Margaret Hoover asked.

“No,” the former New York City mayor responded, “he has a constituency to answer to.”

But if Xi Jinping isn’t a dictator, as Bloomberg has posited, his government certainly does a lot of dictatorial things.

The statement came after the literally months of reports about violent crackdowns against Hong Kong protesters by Beijing. It also was made a few months too long after stories of concentration camps holding over one million Uighur Muslims, as well as the numerous reports about Beijing’s high-tech surveillance operation against the religious minority.

In addition there’s the 2018 report that served to bolster the long-standing charges that the Chinese government sanctions live organ harvesting of members of the Falun Gong religious group, as well as the 2019 tribunal that concluded that the regime was harvesting organs from prison camp detainees, some of whom were still alive.

When it comes to religious and political repression, the Chinese government also routinely jails dissidents and led the world in political prisoners in 2018. Freedom House notes that “in its attitude toward political dissent, the Chinese Communist Party has proven much harsher than the old Soviet regime of the Brezhnev era.”

In additionally, the regime has been engaged in a yearslong crackdown against Christian churches, which has even included the government trying to rewrite scripture. A report from January 2019 found that repression of Christianity in the country is at its worst levels since Mao Zedong’s infamous Cultural Revolution.

But sure, let’s talk about moving coal plants.

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Florida Democrats in Cuban districts hit Bernie Sanders for praise of Fidel Castro: ‘Absolutely unacceptable’

Two Democratic congresswomen from Florida who represents districts with large Cuban American populations criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for his flattering comments about the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.), an immigrant from Ecuador, tweeted that Sanders’ remarks about the good accomplished by Castro were “absolutely unacceptable.”

“As the first South American immigrant member of Congress who proudly represents thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba absolutely unacceptable,” Mucarsel-Powell wrote on Twitter. “The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society.”

Mucarsel-Powell wasn’t the only Florida Democrat to take exception to Sanders’ rhetoric. Rep. Donna Shalala suggested Sanders speak to some Floridians before speaking so favorably of Castro.

“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,” Shalala tweeted.

During a “60 Minutes” interview with contributor Anderson Cooper that aired Sunday night, Sanders’ refuted the notion that everything about Castro’s authoritarian reign was bad.

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba,” Sanders said. “But it’s unfair to say that everything is bad. 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 omitted some important context behind literacy efforts in Cuba under Castro, however.

“Contrary to what Senator Bernie Sanders said, the literacy campaign used by the Castro regime was part of their strategic plan to indoctrinate the Cuban people by using education at all levels in support of a Marxist ideology,” said Dr. Andy Gomez, a retired University of Miami professor who led the school’s Cuban Studies department.

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