In yet another unsurprising moment, Crazy Bernie Sanders was caught again defending the policies of a communist country. During the eleventh Democratic Debate, Sanders was caught in a political mousetrap defending China’s “progress on poverty” against Joe Biden and one of the debate moderators.
Bernie was being pressed by one of the debate moderators, Univisión’s Ilia Calderón, on his past comments about Cuba and China. Sanders had defended the policies of brutal dictator Fidel Castro a few weeks ago, claiming “It’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”
For good reason, Bernie was asked by Calderón at the debate how Sanders planned to win over Cuban-Americans in Florida when he is busy praising the man that killed and tortured their ancestors. Sanders’ immediate response was, “I have opposed authoritarianism.” But in typical Bernie fashion, he doubled-down.
Speaking on “Authoritarian China,” Sanders said, “But would anybody deny — would any economist deny — that extreme poverty in China today is much less than what it was 40 or 50 years ago? That’s a fact.”
“So I think we condemn authoritarianism whether it’s in China, Russia, Cuba, anyplace else.” Sanders continued. “But to simply say nothing ever done by any of those administrations had a positive impact on their people would, I think, be incorrect.”
And to put the cherry on top of his abhorrent comments, Crazy Bernie ignored the human rights abuses committed for years by China, making sure to emphasize the “progress on poverty” the country has made. If those in poverty die like they often do in China, then of course their poverty numbers will go down.
For one thing, Bernie is consistent. He has consistently defended communist regimes, and has largely been unapologetic about his praise of brutal dictatorships. In Crazy Bernie’s world, the end always justifies the means.