WATCH: Bernie Sanders argues that breadlines in communist countries are “a good thing”

Now presidential-candidate Bernie Sanders is in hot water after a 1985 interview regarding the Nicaraguan socialist government shows the Senator defending breadlines in communist countries.

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“It’s funny sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing In other countries, people don’t line up for food, rich people get the food and poor people starve to death.”

Also in the interview, Sanders defends former Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, arguing that just because Ronald Reagan dislikes Fidel Castro, doesn’t mean the people of Cuba feel the same way.

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“In 1959 … everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and all of the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids healthcare, totally transformed the society.”

In the same interview, Bernie Sanders claims that he is not frightened by the word ‘socialism.’


“As a socialist, the word socialism does not frighten me and I think it’s probably fair to see the government of Nicaragua is primarily a socialist government.”

After a visit to the Soviet Union in 1988, Bernie Sanders praised the country’s transportation system, claiming that he was “very impressed.”  In addition, Bernie praised the communist youth programs in the Soviet Union, with his wife, Jane, praising the Soviet’s communist economic model of not separating personal life and work.

More recently, in 2011, the democratic socialist from Vermont praised the socialist regime in Venezuela, arguing that the American dream is more alive today in Venezuela than the United States.

“These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?”


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