CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Democratic Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock about a 1995 speech by former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro given at a church he worked at as a youth pastor.
Warnock has drawn fire from his opponent, Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, for the fact that he was a youth pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York when Castro gave a speech there.
While Fox News reported that the church’s pastor praised Castro and attendees chanted “Fidel! Fidel! Fidel!” Warnock’s campaign has so far refused to confirm or deny that the Senate candidate was in attendance.
“Let me ask you about one of those attacks,” Tapper said during a Sunday morning “State of the Union” interview. “Because Senator Loeffler keeps mentioning on the campaign an incident from 1995 when you were a youth pastor at a New York church which hosted a speech hosted by Fidel Castro … Did you attend the speech? And do you understand why there are so many people who view Castro as a murderous tyrant and not someone to be celebrated?”
“I’ll tell you what I understand,” Warnock responded. “I understand why Kelly