Leading Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) reiterated his recent praise of the communist regime of Fidel Castro’s Cuba with similar praise for the communist government of China for allegedly improving the human condition in their respective oppressed nations.
Sanders repeated his praise for the Castro regime in comments made at a CNN South Carolina town hall Monday with host Chris Cuomo, and then followed with praise for communist China. Sanders couched his praise with condemnation of authoritarians and said he is for democracy.
“China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny — I mean the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history… That is the fact. End of discussion.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny — I mean the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history… That is the fact. End of discussion." pic.twitter.com/l0vMd3dQkL
— The Hill (@thehill) February 25, 2020
Longer clip via the Trump campaign:
WOW! Bernie Sanders just doubled down on his defense of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's literacy program at tonight's #CNNTownHall.
While also praising Communist China for having taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history. pic.twitter.com/XGv3KHj6z3
— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) February 25, 2020
CUOMO: Let’s take one more step down the road of the stigma that’s coming from some of your fellow Democrats. You said on “60 Minutes” this weekend it is unfair to simply say everything is bad with the way Fidel Castro ruled in Cuba. Now Democratic members of Congress who represent Cuban Americans in Florida — obviously you’ve got to win there — they’re attacking your comment as “absolutely unacceptable,” singing the praises of a murderous tyrant. Response?
SANDERS: The response was, when Castro first came to power, which was, when, ’59? Does that sound right?
CUOMO: ’59, ’60.
SANDERS: OK. You know what did? He initiated a major literacy program. There was a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate. And he formed a literacy brigade — you may read that — he went out and they helped people learn to read and write. You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.
I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world, including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia. I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism.
But, you know, you can’t say — China is another example, all right? China is an authoritarian country, becoming more and more authoritarian. But can anyone deny — I mean, the facts are clear — that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history? Do I get criticized because I say that? That’s the truth. So that is the fact. End of discussion.
CUOMO: So to the Democrats who say you don’t say good things about Fidel Castro, he destroyed freedoms in that country, he played — picked winners and losers and killed them and put them in prison forever. You don’t give him a pat on the back for anything.
SANDERS: You don’t — it’s not a — truth is truth, all right?
Now, if you want to disagree with me, if somebody wants to say that — and by the way, all of those congresspeople that you mentioned just so happen to be supporting other candidates, just accidentally, no doubt, coincidentally. But, you know, the truth is the truth. And that’s what happened in the first years of the Castro regime.
Bernie is too dishonest to admit that in was capitalist policies that lifted 517 million Chinese out of poverty since 1978.
The same economic success played out in India as the economy moved toward more capitalist policies.
Over the past few decades, China opened its borders and corporations around the world fled to China due to its cheap capital and meager payroll costs. As a result, China’s economy exploded. Again, from Falling Eagle, Rising Tigers:
While the US is moving more and more towards a welfare state, China is moving more and more towards prosperity. “Since the launch of economic reform in 1978 more people (in China) have been made materially better off in a shorter span of time than ever before in human history.”
China’s rise out of poverty has been dramatic. For example, considering a consumption threshold of $1 a day using the 1993 Power Purchasing Parities (PPP), the World Bank tracked a reduction of poverty from 652 million Chinese people in 1981 to 135 million in 2004. China’s anti-poverty performance is even remarkable with a standard of $1.25 a day at 2005 PPP. “The numbers in poverty by this measure dropped from 848 million in 1981 to 351 million in 2004. This denotes that there were 517 ($1 standard) or 497 million ($1.25 standard) people who had escaped from absolute poverty during 1981-2004.” A half a billion Chinese citizens have risen out of poverty due to China’s changing policies!
As China enacted more capitalist policies Democrats in the United States continue to stifle America’s economy with their socialist garbage.