By Syndey Shea and Jason Hopkins
Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson announced her endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2020 election Sunday.
Williamson, a self-help author, said Sanders is leading the political revolution that has come as a result of blowback toward “capitalism without conscience” and “corporate elites” in a statement. She made an unexpected stop at Sanders’s rally in Austin, Texas, to speak about her support.
SURPRISE GUEST ENDORSEMENT @BernieSanders AT AUSTIN RALLY
— Andrew Craft (@AndrewCraft) February 23, 2020
“What happened in Nevada on Saturday was extraordinary, and the energy is unquestionably with Bernie,” she said in her statement.
Williamson was referring to Sanders’s victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday. He garnered 47.5% by press time, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 20.8%, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 13.7% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 9.4%, according to The New York Times.
My statement of endorsement. pic.twitter.com/Bm2JqCFQCd
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 23, 2020
The former candidate was known for her references to New Age spirituality and energetic forces on the campaign trail. She dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 10.
‘A murderous tyrant’: Democratic congresswoman rips Bernie Sanders for Castro praise
Democratic Florida Rep. Donna Shalala on Sunday pulled no punches when reacting to Sanders’ praise of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Shalala — a first-term congresswoman representing Florida’s 27th District — called on Sanders to “speak to some of my constituents” before choosing to “sing the praises of a murderous tyrant” such as Castro, who took control of Cuba by way of a deadly revolution and remained in power for decades as a dictator.
“I’m hoping that in the future, Senator Sanders will take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro,” Shalala, who represents a swing district in Miami-Dade County, tweeted on Sunday.
Her comments came after Sanders was hesitant to completely disavow Castro during a 60 Minutes interview that aired on Sunday.
The self-identified democratic socialist said that it was “unfair” to say that everything about the Castro regime was bad, noting how the autocrat established a “massive literacy program” upon assuming power.
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” the Vermont senator said to Anderson Cooper. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing even though Fidel Castro did it?”
Sanders was actually responding to an unearthed clip from 1985 where he was, once again, lauding the Castro regime for its educational and health care programs.
Shalala was not the only Democratic lawmaker from Florida, which touts a significant Cuban-American population, to come out swinging against Sanders.
“As the first South American immigrant member of Congress who proudly represents thousands of Cuban Americans, I find Senator Bernie Sanders’ comments on Castro’s Cuba absolutely unacceptable,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who also represents a swing district in the state.
“The Castro regime murdered and jailed dissidents, and caused unspeakable harm to too many South Florida families. To this day, it remains an authoritarian regime that oppresses its people, subverts the free press, and stifles a free society,” she continued.
This isn’t the first time Sanders has heaped praise on far-left, autocratic regimes.
After returning from his honeymoon in the Soviet Union in 1988, the former mayor of Burlington, Vermont said the USSR did “some things” better than the U.S., and lauded the country’s cheap transit system, which he claimed was “faster, cleaner, more attractive and more efficient than any in the U.S.”
Sanders is also on tape claiming that bread lines are “a good thing” because in other countries, the poor simply die from hunger.
The Vermont senator is now the undisputed frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, having one the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, and easily trounced his opponents in Nevada on Saturday.
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