In a newly uncovered 1985 video, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praises infamous communist dictator Fidel Castro and the anti-U.S. Ortega regime in Nicaragua.
Sanders announced on Tuesday he is running for president of the United States.
“As a socialist, the word socialism does not frighten me,” Sanders says in the video. “And I think it’s probably fair to say the Nicaraguan government is primarily a socialist government.”
Sanders goes on to praise Castro for “educating” kids, giving them health care, and totally “transforming” the country. He did not mention the scores of people slaughtered by Castro.
“Just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say that the people in their own nations feel the same way,” he adds.
The socialist also said Ortega was “impressive.”
Watch the full video below:
However, the most controversial part of the video seems to be when Sanders admitted giving advice to the Ortega regime on how to fight back against U.S. efforts against them.
“My point to Ortega is: They are not getting their message of what they are trying to do out to the American people,” Sanders says.
He goes on to outline a number of public relations strategies the Ortega regime should adopt in order to manipulate the mass media in the United States.
Some went as far as to describe his comments as "treason."
Again, this man wants to be president of the United States.