Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg on Monday slammed Bernie Sanders' praise of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, pointing out that Castro, while in control of the island nation, inflicted bloodshed, poverty, and oppression upon its citizens.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper recorded after the senator's victory in the Nevada primaries, Cooper pointed out that years ago Sanders had praised the communist dictator for reportedly educating Cuban children and "giving" Cubans healthcare. Sanders defended his past statements, speaking positively of the literacy program Castro implemented when he came into power in Cuba.
In a tweeted response to that segment, Bloomberg mocked Sanders for focusing on Castro's literacy program, slamming the tyrant for leaving "a dark legacy of forced labor camps, religious repression, widespread poverty, firing squads, and the murder of thousands of his own people."
Sanders in recent years has attempted to downplay his admiration of socialist dictatorships like those of Cuba, instead touting his desire to emulate nominally socialist states such as Sweden and Denmark.