Bernie Sanders in 1985 interview: “As a socialist, the word ‘socialism’ doesn’t frighten me”

Fox News host Sean Hannity shared a resurfaced video of 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ shockingly candid 1985 interview on, in which the Vermont senator praised Cuba’s communist dictator Fidel Castro and openly called himself a socialist.

“One of the things I think I learned on my trip, you know, as a socialist, the word ‘socialism’ doesn’t frighten me,” said Sanders in the interview.

Sanders also bashed then-President Ronald Reagan and extolled the virtues of socialism in Nicaragua … this was at the height of America’s Cold War against the communist Soviet Union, mind you.

But Castro educated the kids!

“And everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world, that all the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro,” Sanders said.

“They forgot that he educated the kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society,” Sanders said at one point. “But just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean that the people of their own nation feel the same way.”

At another point, Sanders lamented the lack of effective public relations for the Central American socialist regimes, in that they were drowned out by the U.S. media and couldn’t compete with the “lies” of the Reagan administration.

High praise for socialist and communist regimes

Then-Burlington Mayor Sanders originally gave the interview to a local Vermont media outlet after returning from a trip to Central America. There, he met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to join in bashing the United States and then-President Ronald Reagan.

The video resurfaced during the Democratic Primary battle in 2015, and is again relevant now that he is running for president … again.

You can watch the entire interview right here, if you can stand to listen to Sanders criticize his own country while praising socialist regimes and communist dictators for 24 minutes.

Second try for president

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses almost exclusively with the Democratic Party, announced his intention to run for president again in 2020 on Tuesday.

He failed to defeat the Democratic National Committee-backed nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite successfully attracting a loyal following with his promises to support single-payer health care and free higher education. The path to the 2020 nomination won’t be an easy road this time either, given how far left Sanders really is.

Bernie Sanders has exposed himself as an unrepentant anti-American socialist that prefers the utopian mirage of communism over the prosperous reality of capitalism, and he is arguably the worst person on the left to potentially govern this nation as president.

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