Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders falsely claimed on Sunday that he has spent his whole life fighting against authoritarian regimes despite his repeated support for brutal socialist countries.
During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" with fill-in host Dana Bash, Sanders said: "I think it's important for the American people to understand what my definition is of Democratic Socialism. It's certainly not how Donald Trump defines it. I have spent my whole life fighting for democracy, fighting against authoritarianism, whether the Soviet Union, Venezuela or anyplace else."
Sanders' comments do not line up with numerous comments that he has made over the years, including recent comments he has made about Venezuela.
Sanders has praised violent and brutal communist regimes throughout his career, including those in Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Nicaragua.
The Free Beacon reports:
Sanders has come under fire in recent weeks for his past ties to repressive authoritarian regimes, specifically the Soviet Union and Nicaragua. Sanders visited the Soviet Union in 1988, as a part of the social exchange program. The senator lavished praise on the nation, participating in a number of cultural events.
Sanders also visited Nicaragua under Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship sating afterward, "I was impressed." At the time, he acknowledged "I will be attacked by every editorial writer for being a dumb dope" for saying so.
In a recent interview with the New York Times Sanders reiterated his opposition to the way the United States engaged in the Cold War.
Sanders has also refused to call on brutal Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to step down and has even refused to call him a dictator.
Even the far-left publication Slate acknowledges that Sanders’ soft spot for socialist dictators could severely harm him in the 2020 presidential election:
If he wins the nomination, Sanders’ old (and not so old) videos praising failed socialist experiments and tiptoeing around recent cruelties in Latin America will surely resurface, playing on a loop while Trump warns about the long-dreaded socialist takeover of the United States of America. This may be fearmongering, but Democrats dismiss its effectiveness at their own peril.