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House Democrats Block Resolution Condemning Bernie Sanders’s Praise Of Fidel Castro

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Democratic lawmakers on Thursday successfully blocked a GOP resolution condemning Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ laudatory comments about the Castro regime.

By a vote of 224-189 that fell along party lines, the House of Representatives on Thursday voted to block a resolution that not only condemned numerous human rights abuses that took place under the Castro regime, but also condemned recent instances where Sanders refused to fully denounce the late Fidel Castro’s dictatorial rule over Cuba.

The resolution was introduced by Florida GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who represents a district in the state that has 335,000 residents of Cuban descent — roughly half his entire constituency.

During a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, the Vermont senator said it was “unfair” to say everything about the Castro regime was negative, noting how Castro launched a “massive literacy program” upon assuming power. The following day, during a town hall event in South Carolina, Sanders stood by his remarks. During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, he once again touted Cuba’s progress on education.

Speaking on the House floor on Thursday, Diaz-Balart called Sanders’s comments “blatantly false.”

“If anybody wants to know the devastation of socialism and the tyranny that so often accompanies it, I invite you to speak to some of my constituents, including thousands, thousands of former political prisoners now in exile,” the Republican lawmaker said, who went on to list several political dissenters who are currently being held in captivity in Cuba.

“For years, the Cuban regime has been on the list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support of other terrorist states, terrorist organizations, and violence around the world and in this hemisphere,” Diaz-Balart went on.

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Despite widespread condemnation by the members of the Democratic Party — including U.S. representatives, presidential candidates, and even a DNC spokesperson — no Democratic lawmakers voted to let the resolution move forward.

Florida Democratic Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell both issued scathing public statements against Sanders’s comments, but both lawmakers on Thursday notably skipped the vote, allowing them to avoid a decision on the resolution.

This move was not lost on Republican Republican leadership.

“Rep. Shalala and Rep. Mucarsel-Powell’s constituents deserve to know why the representatives they sent to Washington did not even bother to vote on an important resolution to condemn Senator Sanders’ comments & the Castro regime,” said Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.

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3 comments

  1. CALLING ALL REPUBLICAN VOTER !!! We need 35 more Reps to ‘run things’ right !!!

    We have a leader in the WH that needs our help to continue filling his promises. So let’s UNITE and FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT!! While we watch the Democrats drown in their tearss

  2. Of course they would!

  3. Force Recon Marine

    LIEberals have tilted so far left they are about to fall over. Power is their drug of choice and since they no longer have power they are in severe withdrawals. Those fools who support or aid these Leftopathic clowns are signing their own death warrant!!!

    LIEberal Democrats are power hungry morons without power. In order for them to create the illusion of having power they need to amass themselves to maintain the appearance of strength. This insipid and misguided left wing politically correct idiot-ology is playing with fire by people who don’t know that fire is hot!!

    Some of them might realize this yet cannot help themselves because they are in need of their drug and much the same as any addict, will do anything and at any cost to satisfy their cravings!! If it weren’t so sad it would be comical. No wait it is nothing close to being sad in fact it’s a Hilarious relief for they are about to go the way of the Do-Do or Henry Clay’s Whig Party!!!

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