House Republicans on Thursday failed to overcome a procedural hurdle needed to bring to the floor a resolution condemning Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell warns Biden not to 'outsource' Supreme Court pick to 'radical left' Briahna Joy Gray discusses Pelosi's 2022 re-election announcement Ocasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision MORE’s (I-Vt.) positive remarks about Cuba under the late dictator Fidel Castro.
The vote on the previous question, which would have had to be defeated in order for the GOP to successfully amend the rule to immediately consider the measure, ultimately passed along party lines, 224-189.
The resolution — spearheaded by Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartAnother voice of reason retires Defense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors Bottom line MORE (R-Fla.), a nephew by marriage of Castro who has strongly rebuked the dictator’s regime — took aim at comments Sanders’ made during a recent appearance on “60 Minutes.” Sanders said during the interview that while he is “very opposed to the authoritarian nature” “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” and offered praise for Cuba’s “massive literacy program.”
Diaz-Balart slammed Sanders’s comments, arguing the assertion education, health care or literacy improved under Castro’s regime has been disproven and highlighting the human rights abuses under his rule, calling the remarks “blatantly false, irresponsible, ignorant and hurtful."
It also took aim at Sanders for doubling down on his comments during a CNN town hall and defending his remarks during the recent Democratic primary debate.
“The literacy and education policy of the tyrannical Castro dictatorship served to indoctrinate the Cuban people with Marxistcommunist ideology and anti-U.S. sentiment,” the measure says.
“Killings ordered by Fidel Castro are estimated to be as high as 17,000; Whereas, over 1 million Cubans were forced to flee their homeland and risked their lives to escape the Castro dictatorship,” it says.
Sanders’s comments have sparked backlash from Republicans and a number of Democrats, particularly in Florida.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE pushed back on Sanders’s assertion that his comments echoed former President Obama’s remarks on Cuba. During Tuesday night's Democratic debate, Biden stressed that Obama never spoke highly of the communist regime.