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

Florida Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Delaney says Trump is spewing venom when he should be leading; Protests roil the nation as fears of new virus outbreaks grow Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support Congress must fill the leadership void MORE (D) called out Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns 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 ShalalaThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former NIC Director Greg Treverton rips US response; WHO warns of 'immediate second peak' if countries reopen too quickly Treasury has not disbursed B in airline support: oversight panel We can't afford to let local news die 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.”