Florida Democrat: Sanders's Castro comments 'ill-informed & insulting'

Florida Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Bank lobbying group launches ad backing Collins reelection bid House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat MORE (D) called out Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE’s (I-Vt.) comments about Cuban leader Fidel Castro as "insulting" to Floridians. 

“.@SenSanders comments on Fidel Castro are ill-informed & insulting to thousands of Floridians. Castro was a murderous dictator who oppressed his own people. His ‘literacy program’ wasn’t altruistic; it was a cynical effort to spread his dangerous philosophy & consolidate power,” Murphy tweeted Monday.


She was one of several Florida lawmakers, including multiple Democrats, to hit Sanders over his comments made in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday. 

“We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know it's unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders said, adding that Castro “had a massive literacy program.” 

Murphy, who has endorsed Mike Bloomberg in the Democratic presidential race, also criticized Sanders over his foreign policy positions. 


“Whether the subject is Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Israel or other foreign policy challenges, @SenSanders has consistently taken positions that are wrong on the merits and will alienate many Florida voters now and in the general election if he is nominated,” she tweeted. 

Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna Shalala'Nodding Woman' behind Trump at town hall is former House candidate Shalala corrects Spicer on HIPAA: 'I should know, I wrote it' Calls for COVID-19 tests at Capitol grow after Trump tests positive MORE (D-Fla.) tweeted Sunday night that she hopes Sanders will speak to her constituents “before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant Like Fidel Castro.”