Fabiola Santiago is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist who was blunt in an open letter to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and front runner Bernie Sanders.
Santiago is a Cuban immigrant and longtime Democratic voter but she ripped Sanders for his unwillingness to distance himself from communist dictator Fidel Castro.
Sanders has praised Castro who was a ruthless revolutionary communist dictator in Cuba.
Santiago wrote that her real-life experience is the “antidote to [Sanders’] cheap, propagandist talking points on” Castro and Cuba’s education system.
A photograph was provided by Santiago,
From Western Journal:
Providing those very pictures — particularly a grade-school photo of herself seated before a revolutionary flag — Santiago wrote the senator about her early life in post-revolutionary Cuba.
The daughter of a schoolteacher and a middle-class man whose small-town business was confiscated by the Castro regime, Santiago was a social pariah.
She and her brother were mistreated — even physically — by school officials for refusing to chant revolutionary slogans and wear the red scarf of the national communist youth group, at the behest of their parents.
Her family had seemingly lived under constant stress in the years they awaited safe passage to the United States.
Sanders’ support for socialist policy, however, would not allow him to be honest about such details, Santiago wrote.
His “apparatchik views on Cuba” were, in her opinion, “as old and dated as the photos” provided alongside the letter.
“The least Florida Democrats looking forward to the primary in March deserve from the front-runner is lucidity, not more obfuscation,” she wrote.
“But when you can’t even verbalize on ’60 Minutes’ how you’ll fund your signature healthcare project, pay for all that free college and child care you’re offering, what else can be expected on Cuba?”
Sanders made waves Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” standing by claims he made in the 1980s defending Castro’s brutal rise to power — which resulted in the execution or mysterious disappearance of roughly 11,000 dissidents, according to The Wall Street Journal — as having generated some positive outcomes.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 24, 2020
Bernie Sanders stands by his qualified praise of Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba: "(Castro) went out and they helped people learn to read and write. You know what, I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing" https://t.co/WEiDzKKvfb #CNNTownHall pic.twitter.com/yJLLUDApde
— CNN (@CNN) February 25, 2020