Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments

Presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergNew York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance: report DNC books million in fall YouTube ads Former Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs MORE ripped Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president 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.”

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

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

"Unlike Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE, let’s be clear: I do not think that Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTired of worrying about the pandemic? There's always Pyongyang Overnight Defense: Pentagon orders bases to stop reporting coronavirus numbers | Hospital ship arrives in NY | Marines pause sending new recruits to boot camp | Defense bill work delayed North Korea: 'Reckless remarks' by Pompeo show US doesn't want nuclear talks MORE is a good friend," he said. "I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNew START is not NAFTA Trump considers a cameo role in Saudi-Russia oil price drama Washington fiddles in the Balkans while COVID flames engulf the world 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.