Fidel Castro says he praises presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for his “Revolutionary” and “Socialist ideas for America”.
The former Cuban leader gave an impressive to a crowd of thousands gathered to hear the words of the retired leader, a rare feat these past months due to his dwindling health at age 89.
“I speak before you today because I feel energized by this new America that is being born in front of our eyes” he told the crowd. “Socialism is coming to America, and its name is Bernie Sanders, the new face of Socialism” he said to an exalted crowd.
“Obama has brought universal health care to America, and now Bernie Sanders will to bring Socialism to the American people. Americans have witnessed the utter failure of Capitalism, the destruction of its middle class and is tired of the endless wars” he argued.
“The Cuban model has proved its superiority and Americans now see through the government propaganda and now praise our country’s centralized economy, our health care system, our education system: Americans are hungry for Socialism” he chanted under a round of applause.
In a 1985 radio interview while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders praised the Cuban leader’s regime, saying “He educated their kids, gave their kids health care and totally transformed society”.
“The heritage of Castro will be felt for generations to come, he is an example for his people, for America and for the world” he admitted. “One day, in the future, Americans will embrace Socialism, but we are still far from that day” he explained during the radio interview.
Although Hillary Clinton is leading the Democratic presidential candidate race, some experts believe liberal voters could be charmed by Fidel Castro’s support for Bernie Sanders candidacy which could play to the Vermont Senator’s advantage.