While he avoids talk of foreign policy today, Bernie Sanders had no problem talking about it in years past. As Mayor of Burlington, he was often heard praising communist countries like Nicaragua and Cuba – even going so far as to say that breadlines are a good thing.
Last time I checked, starving folks lined up for a small portion of free food is not a sign of a booming economy.
Michael Moynihan recently appeared on John Stossel’s show to discuss Bernie Sanders’ peculiar support for communism. The video below shows Sanders praising the free health clinics in Nicaragua that have “reduced infant mortality.” Moynihan explains that building free clinics and the like allows a government to skirt other issues (like not being able to vote).
And this is what Sanders said about communism in Nicaragua:
“Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing. In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
These are the videos, judge for yourself. Yes, we understand he is talking about the third world. But we don’t think he knows the difference between the third world and a free democratic society, where bread lines aren’t necessary.
and this is just that particular statement