Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) is the unquestioned frontrunner in the Democrat Presidential primary.
But clarity in the race is not good news for Democrats.
And that’s because Bernie Sanders doubled-down on one gaffe that has Democrats running for their lives.
In an interview that aired on Sunday with 60 Minutes Sanders praised the murderous Castro regime in Cuba for instituting a literacy program after seizing power in a revolution.
Sanders’ words horrified Democrats who understood that Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes were now off the board because of the large Cuban population living in South Florida.
Sanders had the opportunity to clean up his remarks in a CNN town hall the following night.
But instead of acknowledging the torture chambers, unjust jailing of political opponents, and firing squads blowing out the brains of Castro’s opposition, Sanders doubled-down on his praise.
“When Castro first came to power . . . you know what he did?” Sanders began. “He initiated a major literacy program. There was a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate. And he formed a literacy brigade that went out and helped people learn to write. I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.”
“I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia,” Sanders added. “I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism. But you know, you can take China as another example. China is an authoritarian country becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny, I mean the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history. Do I get criticized because I say that? That’s the truth. So that is a fact. End of discussion.”
South Florida Democrats – including members of Congress – could not condemn Sanders quickly enough.
But the damage was done.
And if Sanders is the nominee Democrats will enter the campaign knowing the nation’s largest swing state is beyond their reach.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.