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If you’ve taken a gander at the political side of Facebook and Twitter these past few days, you’ve probably seen a few passing references to Bernie Sanders praising breadlines.
Depending on your impression of the socialist senator from Vermont, you likely either thought that it was par for the socialist’s course, or some kind of unfair, right-wing exaggeration.
Judgment - Context - Terms - Days - Sanders
Well, before we make a judgment, let’s give a little more context in terms of where it came from. Over the last few days, ever since Sanders announced his latest presidential campaign, a few vintage videos of Bernie have been making the rounds on social media. And, as it turns out, that whole breadlines comment isn’t even the scariest one.
That award would probably go the period when Sanders — then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont — had just returned from Nicaragua and offered effusive praise for Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega.
Ortega - Sandanistas - Cause - Célèbre - Left
Ortega and his Sandanistas were a cause célèbre of the left in the 1980s, mostly because Ronald Reagan opposed them and supported the Contras, a group that sought to overthrow the Sandanista government. There was also that little to-do in which Reagan administration officials diverted money from illegal weapons sales to Iran in order to aid the Contras (I forget the exact name the media gave the scandal, but you may perhaps have heard of it), but this didn’t actually make Ortega any less of a rotter.
Yet, in the 1985 interview, Sanders says that Ortega was “an impressive man.”
Clip - Reporter - Sanders - Sandanistas - PR
During the clip, a reporter asks Sanders “how (the Sandanistas) could organize their PR a little bit more effectively.”
“The point that I tried to make to many of the people that I spoke to is they’re getting killed in the American media,” Sanders said.
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