Over the weekend, Cuba observed its largest anti-communism protests in decades. In reaction to economic turmoil and a lack of civil liberties, citizens across the island erupted with protests against the regime.
In response to the protests, one of America’s leading socialists — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — made no mention of communism, socialism, Marxism, or any other adjacent ideology as factors behind the Cuban people’s movement.
“All people have the right to protest and to live in a democratic society,” tweeted the lawmaker on Monday evening. “I call on the Cuban government to respect opposition rights and refrain from violence. It’s also long past time to end the unilateral U.S. embargo on Cuba, which has only hurt, not helped, the Cuban people.”
Sanders — who self-identifies as a “democratic socialist” and actively favors causes such as expanding federal healthcare programs, raising taxes on the wealthy, and the Green New Deal — has been apologetic toward the Cuban regime for decades. Indeed,