NBC News Miami reports:
The Florida Democratic Party on Monday said it condemns dictatorships and “stands in solidarity” with those fleeing dictatorships, after 2020 Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) comments saying that not everything about Cuba was was bad under Fidel Castro.
The state’s Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo released a statement criticizing dictatorships and echoed its support for people who fled dictator-ruled countries.
“Florida Democrats condemn dictators who toppled democracies across the globe and stand in solidarity with the thousands of people who have fled violent dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua,” Rizzo said in the statement.
The New York Times reports:
Cuban exiles and Democrats in Florida on Monday angrily rejected comments from Senator Bernie Sanders praising aspects of the Communist Cuban revolution that aired in an interview with “60 Minutes.”
The Vermont senator’s remarks threatened to undercut his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the nation’s largest presidential swing state, as he seeks to build momentum on a broader scale after a series of early primary victories.
“I’m totally disgusted and insulted,” said Lourdes Diaz, the president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus in Broward County, who is Cuban-American. “Maybe this will open people’s eyes to how super, super liberal and radical Bernie is. I’m not going to defend him anymore. I’m over it.”
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