Dems ‘Not Feeling The Bern’ File Suit To Keep Bernie Sanders Off Florida Ballot – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A lawsuit filed by two Democrats in Florida aims to disqualify Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont from participating in the Florida primary on March 17.
Frank Bach and George Brown argue that Florida law prevents an independent candidate who is not registered as a Democrat from running in the closed primary.
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The lawsuit was filed in Leon County on Monday.
Bach and Brown are also trying to prevent election officials from counting any postal votes that Sanders has already received.
Sanders is having a bad week.
On Sunday he was interviewed on CBS’s 60 Minutes where he had good things to say about Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
The reaction of South Florida politicians on both sides of the aisle couldn’t have been more negative.
When asked by Anderson Cooper about the Cuban Revolution, Sanders said it wasn’t all bad.
“We are against the authoritarian character of Cuba. It’s unfair to just say that everything is bad. You know, when Fidel Castro came into office, do you know what he did? He had an extensive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did, ”said Sanders.
“There are a lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba,” Cooper replied.
“That’s right and we condemn it. Unlike Donald Trump, let’s get this straight, I don’t think Kim Jong-un is a good friend. I don’t exchange love letters with a murderous dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a good friend of mine, ”said Sanders.
In a clip from an older interview, Sanders also pointed to Cuban welfare programs introduced by the Castro regime as reasons why the Cuban people did not rise and Castro overthrew after the revolution.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio took to Twitter to criticize Sander’s defense.
The candidate for probably Dem praised the supposed “successes” of the Castro regime
And he’s wrong about why people didn’t overthrow Castro. It is not because “he raised their children, gave them medical care”, but because his opponents were imprisoned, murdered or exiled https://t.co/6i41w7zcDe
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 24, 2020
Florida’s other Republican Senator, Rick Scott, also caught up with Sanders on Twitter.
Shameful ignorance from @SenSanders.
The Castro regime has killed and imprisoned dissidents, oppressed its people and supported murderous dictators like Maduro and Ortega. https://t.co/ROnmWT9oka
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– Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 24, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis also beat up Sanders during a Monday morning performance at Florida A&M University.
“Any attempt to wash away the brutality of the Castro dictatorship is completely unacceptable,” said DeSantis, a close political ally of President Donald Trump. “It directly contradicts the values of the people in this state. And this is a senator who has spoken positively about the dictatorship there all his life. “
The Republicans weren’t the only ones outraged by Sander’s remarks.
The Democratic US MP Debbie Mucarsel-Powell also expressed her displeasure on Twitter.
As the first South American immigrant in Congress to proudly represent thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba totally unacceptable.
– Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@DebbieforFL) February 24, 2020
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Congresswoman Donna Shalala is running for re-election in a swing district.
“He was not here to speak to the residents to understand how our community, not just the Cuban community, but the Venezuelan community, the Nicaraguan community, thinks about socialism and communism. We have no tolerance for these regimes and that is why we persecute them. “
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio commented on Twitter.
“Unless the Democrats steal it from him, Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist will be the Democratic presidential candidate. This is a really big deal because democratic socialism sounds benign, but at the core of democratic socialism is Marxism. “
Joe Uscinski, a professor of political science at the University of Miami, said the comments were callous.
“Just because Castro might have had a nice literacy program doesn’t mean he didn’t shoot people in the back as they tried to escape his dictatorship.”
The Sanders campaign issued a statement that said, “Sen. Sanders has clearly and consistently criticized Fidel Castro’s authoritarianism and condemned his human rights violations, and he simply reiterates President Obama’s recognition that Cuba has made progress, particularly in the field of education. “
At a CNN town hall on Monday night, Sanders asked about the riot.
“But the truth is the truth, and that was what happened in the early years of the Castro regime,” he said.
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Given Florida’s large Cuban-American population, Sanders’ comments on Cuba could play an important role in the state’s democratic primaries on Jan.