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Because after being faced with the reality that Donald President has been elected president of the United States, many were left dreaming of the Vermont senator and everything he stood for. And only a few days after being posted, the Bernie Sanders “Dreaming Of You” mashup video has captured the eyes of close to 8 million people — including the Vermont senator himself.
mitú met up with Bernie Sanders this weekend to show him the viral video he’s a star of, and his reaction is as adorable as you’d imagine.
When the Vermont Senator was asked if he even knew who Selena was, he gave the cutest response…
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again touting what he sees as the benefits of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The Vermont senator first made comments praising parts of Castro’s Cuba in a 1985 interview. Now, 15 years later, Sen. Sanders is standing behind his idea that not everything is bad in Cuba in a 60 Minutes interview.
Senator Bernie Sanders is facing backlash from critics after his 60 Minutes interview because of his comments on Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
In the 1980s, Sen. Sanders was caught on camera more than once praising parts of the Castro regime in Cuba. He points to the health care and education systems as parts of the government that works for Cuban people. The comments resurfaced in 2019 and caused a backlash against the senator in the Cuban diaspora, whose pains are still fresh from the overthrow of the government.
Now, in a “60 Minutes” interview, the Vermont senator has doubled down on his comments that some of the Cuban government is good.
Anderson Cooper – “What is Democratic Socialism?”
Bernie Sanders – “When Donald Trump was a private businessman in New York, he got $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing. That’s called Socialism. What Democratic Socialism is about is saying, ‘Let’s use the federal government to protect the interest of working families.’”
BS – “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba. But, you know, it’s simply unfair to say that everything is bad. You know, when Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?”
AC – “There were a lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba.”
BS – “That’s right and we condemn that. Unlike Donald Trump, let’s be clear. I do not think that Kim Jung Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”
The comments have sparked some backlash on social media from Cubans and Cuban-Americans.
Senator Marco Rubio, who is Cuban-American, has been a vocal opponent of Socialism. He has used the crisis in Venezuela to solidify his point about the dangers of the government system he believes Sen. Sanders wants to start in the U.S. Yet, Sen. Sanders’s point is not that the Castro regime is good. In the “60 Minutes” interview, the senator made it clear that he does not support the Castro regime and the brutality it caused for the Cuban people. However, he does believe there are things we can learn from the Caribbean island about offering health care and education to the population.
One point of contention with the senator’s comments is that the Cuban people didn’t fight back because of the new programs.
The Castro regime is known to have oppressed dissidents and political opponents. Speaking out against the authoritarian regime was not safe. People were jailed, killed, and exiled for standing up to Castro’s rise to power. Families fled the island and settled around the world to escape what they saw as a justifiable threat to their lives and sovereignty.
Some people are sharing personal stories of their families’ treatment under the Castro regime.
The generational trauma created by the Castro regime is still felt today. Some people used Sen. Sanders’s comments as a chance to tell a fuller story of the government some have praised for their social services.
A clip of President Barack Obama speaking on the same social issues in Cuba is also circulating.
President Obama worked tirelessly to reopen relations between the U.S. and Cuba. He was the first sitting president to visit the island when it was announced that diplomatic ties were reopened between the two countries. Part of being able to open those relations was eliminating the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cuban nationals to stay in the U.S. after migrating. This allowed Cubans to be deported back to Cuba, something that hadn’t happened since Cubans first started to flee their homeland. In response, Cubans illegally in the U.S. have been subjected to ICE raids and detention for the first time because of President Donald Trump’s increasing escalation against the immigrant community.
There is a lot of concern from Democratic supporters that the comment could cost the party Florida in the general election if Sen. Sanders is nominated.
The Cuban and Cuban-American population in Florida is a key demographic to win the state in general elections. His comments cherry-picking what is and is not good about the Cuban government is having a resonating effect in Florida. Cuban Democrats and Republicans in the state are untied in rebuking the senator’s comments as glossing over the true victimization and terror millions faced.
The Nevada caucus is right around the corner and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just picked up a major endorsement in the state. Mijente, an activist organization, offered a full-throated endorsement of the Vermont senator because of his values.
Mijente is putting their voice and support behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The organization, which was built and maintained by organizers and activists, released a video on YouTube endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. The organization has been active in politics with a focus on turning out Latino voters. They have seen success with their outreach strategy in 2016 in Arizona and 2018 in Georgia.
In 2016, Mijente played a pivotal role in getting Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office. Arpaio, who was eventually pardoned by President Donald Trump, terrorized the Latino community by illegally detaining and harassing Latinos living in Arizona.
In 2018, Mijente turned their focus to Georgia’s gubernatorial race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams. Kemp was the Secretary of State for Georgia who oversaw the elections. During the race, Kemp’s department purged voting roles to disenfranchise Black voters to give him a victory. Mijente was able to mobilize Latino voters and double the number of Latino voters from the 2014 midterm election.
After the endorsement, Mijente started a website called Fuera Trump.
Mijente, according to the website, focused its endorsement on Sen. Sanders because of his record on specific issues that impact the Latino community. Specifically, the organization sides with Sen. Sanders on the issues of climate change, deportations, education, and health care.
“We know that in 2020, Trump’s potential re-election is a life-or-death threat for us, for our people, and for our planet. But we know that no one is coming to save us,” say the narrators of Mijente’s endorsement video. “This moment demands a historic mobilization. Our members agree that the best path to defeating Donald Trump is uniting with the movement to elect Bernie Sanders.”
People on social media are celebrating the endorsement.
It is the first time that Mijente has endorsed a presidential candidate. Sen. Sanders has a motivated and excited base of supporters and is leading in several polls. A new poll has Sen. Sanders leading the Democratic candidates in California by 32 points with Democratic voters. The decision to endorse the senator for the presidency is generating a lot of buzz from people who have been following the campaigns.
The endorsement is falling in line with the #NotMeUs movement.
The Not Me. Us. movement was born from Sen. Sanders’s campaign. According to the candidate, the campaign is not “about me, it’s about us.” Mijente’s endorsement citing the damage the Trump administration has done to minority communities and the U.S., in general, is being celebrated as following the senator’s example.
Mijente is putting their energy where their words are.
Mijente is currently getting people together to do the work to get Sen. Sanders nominated as the Democratic candidate for president. The organization is mobilizing people to man phones and knock on doors to get the senator to the front of the pack across the country.