Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments

Presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown on the NRA lawsuit: 'Come November, we're going to make sure they're out of power, too' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE ripped Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump is fighting the wrong war Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report The Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes 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.


“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?”

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

"Unlike Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE, let’s be clear: I do not think that Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump's missed opportunities: The top three blunders of the past year Overnight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report MORE is a good friend," he said. "I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Not a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' 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.