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Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments

Presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE ripped Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.) over his comments on the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Bloomberg posted a clip of his opponent’s Sunday “60 Minutes” interview, during which the Vermont progressive praised the communist leader’s literacy program.

“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 New York City mayor tweeted.

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“But sure, Bernie, let’s talk about his literacy program,” he added.

On “60 Minutes,” Sanders commented on Castro’s leadership, saying, “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.”

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The presidential candidate then mentioned Castro’s literacy program, adding, “Is that a bad thing even though Fidel Castro did it?”

Sanders said he condemns that Castro imprisoned those who spoke out against him. 

"Unlike Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE, let’s be clear: I do not think that Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korean hackers targeting pharmaceutical companies working on COVID-19 vaccines: report US analyst: North Korea's Kim, family inoculated with experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine North Korea puts further restrictions on seawater entry to fight pandemic: state media MORE is a good friend," he said. "I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHow Trump's election lawsuits became his worst nightmare Enforcing the Presidential Records Act is essential for preserving our democracy's transparency, history Putin says doctors and teachers will get first COVID-19 vaccines in new immunization campaign MORE, not a great friend of mine."

Sanders had previously spoken positively about the Soviet Union and Castro decades ago.

Bloomberg is ramping up his attacks on the Vermont senator as Sanders continues his strong start in the Democratic primary. He leads the candidates in the delegate count.

Sanders has 35 delegates so far, but not all of the delegates have been distributed from Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. The former New York City mayor did not participate in the first three primaries and will not be on the ballot in South Carolina after focusing his resources on Super Tuesday states.