If Rep. Karen Bass wants to be Joe Biden’s running mate, she’s going to have say a little bit more than “oops” in response to her prior reverence for murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus seemed deeply saddened on the day Fidel Castro died, but not very concerned or saddened by the millions of Cubans who have suffered under the Castro dictatorship.
But Florida is a must-win state, so Bass attempted to walk back her reverence for the vile socialist dictator, but all she managed was a feeble and equivocal excuse (via Politico):
Rep. Karen Bass on Sunday walked back a years-old characterization of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, seemingly seeking to defuse an escalating controversy as the California congresswoman contends for a spot on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.
In an interview on MSNBC, the five-term House lawmaker and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus addressed her decision to describe Castro as “Comandante en Jefe” in a statement she issued marking his death in 2016.
The Spanish phrase, which translates in English to commander in chief, has been criticized as unduly deferential to the communist strongman who presided over various human rights abuses.
“I have talked to my colleagues in the House about that, and it’s certainly something that I would not say again,” Bass said. “I have always supported the Cuban people, and the relationship that Barack Obama and Biden had in their administration in terms of opening up relations.”
Considering Bass’ history and the history of the Congressional Black Caucus with its support of Cuba’s dictatorship, it’s going to take a lot more than a lame retraction.