Self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders said “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” referring to the regime of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes”; plus, intelligence officials may have overstated Russia 2020 election interference, and more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Sanders defends Castro’s socialist programs
During an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders praised the educational and healthcare programs that were put in place in Cuba under its former dictator, arguing that “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” just because “Fidel Castro did it.”
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders asked rhetorically.
“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?”
Cooper then pointed out the number of dissidents that were imprisoned in Cuba.
“That’s right,” Sanders agreed. “And we condemn that.”
“Unlike Donald Trump, let’s be clear, you want to — I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend,” Sanders said. “I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”
During his speech in 1989, Sanders praised the Cuban revolution, the Washington Examiner reported.
“More interesting than their providing their people with free health care, free education, free housing…” Sanders began in the speech, “is that they are in fact creating a very different value system than the one we are familiar with.”
Intelligence official may have overstated Russian interference in the 2020 election
The top election security official of the US intelligence community appears to have overstated the formal assessment of Russian interference in the 2020 election, omitting important information during a briefing with lawmakers earlier this month, according to three national security officials who spoke to CNN.
Shelby Pierson, who is the top US election official, may have overstated intelligence when speaking to the House intelligence committee earlier this month.
Three unnamed officials who were present during the Pierson briefing spoke to CNN, saying there is no evidence suggesting Russia is making a specific “play” to boost the reelection of Donald Trump in 2020.
The officials said that Pierson “has a reputation for being injudicious with her words and not appreciating the delicate work of corralling federal agencies, technology firms, and state election officials to collaborate on election security.”
Most registered voters believe Trump will be reelected
The majority of registered voters nationwide, regardless of party affiliation and how they plan to vote, believe that President Donald Trump will be reelected in 2020, according to the latest poll conducted by CBS.
The majority of all voters, 65%, believe that Trump “definitely/probably will” be reelected “regardless of how they are voting.” Only 35% responded that Trump “definitely/probably will not” be reelected in 2020.
Along party lines, Republicans were the most optimistic, with 90% believing Trump will be reelected.
Among likely Democrat voters nationwide as to which candidate will eventually run against Trump in 2020, 28% view Bernie Sanders as the most likely nominee, with Elizabeth Warren in second at 19% and Biden in third with 17%, followed by Bloomberg at 13%, Buttigieg at 10% and Klobuchar at 5%.