Tom Steyer said it is “inappropriate” for Bernie Sanders to praise former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s regime for its literacy efforts.
The businessman said he would never praise “unelected leaders of countries who completely control without any form of democracy, justice or equality.”
Steyer’s comments come as Sanders faces backlash for saying that Castro’s regime had succeeded in some ways, and cited literacy as an example. The Vermont senator stood by those comments in a CNN town hall Monday night, saying that “the truth is the truth.”
But Steyer said of Castro, who died in 2016: “He's had the government own the economy and people are hungry and he's been a cruel controller of the country. I don't think it's appropriate to be giving him a lot of compliments.”
“The United States is supposed to be the value driven leader of the world. We stand for freedom. We stand for democracy and justice and equality. And I think when we go out to the world, we should be standing up for the things that we believe in. That's what the whole idea of the United States is,” Steyer said.
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