Joy Behar Comes to Sanders’ Defense Over His Remarks About Fidel Castro’s Cuba

“The View” co-host Joy Behar is defending Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remarks praising late Prime Minister of Cuba Fidel Castro’s literacy program. Despite Castro’s past, Sanders believes it is unfair to disregard his efforts to teach people to read. 

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. “You know?” he said. “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?”

During Tuesday’s discussion on “The View,” the ladies discussed Sanders’ comments and Behar agreed with the Democratic frontrunner’s focus on the silver lining — Castro’s literacy program.

“I believe the literacy rate did jump quite a bit,” Behar said

However, the ladies doubled down on their stance reminding Behar of Castro’s past. Co-host Meghan McCain quickly responded saying, “Ok, let’s not. Let’s not.”

Whoopi Goldberg also chimed in suggesting the downplay of Fidel is similar to minimizing the actions of Adolph Hitler.

As the discussion intensified, Behar also agreed that Sanders should have also noted the country’s flaws

“What he should be saying is yes, they learned to read but it’s an oppressive dictatorship that has zero percent growth, that the people have no mobility, upward mobility there,” she said. She noted the country’s infrastructure and quality of life describing it as “horrible.

Behar’s latest comments follow a string of reports about the co-host’s alleged support of Sanders. Behar reportedly named her dog after the 78-year-old senator. 

However, she claims she was “never all-in” for Sanders.


  1. Joyce Behar. What a font of wisdom.

    It never ceases to amaze me that IJR will happily publish articles about The View, as if a single one of those harpies mattered in the real world.

    1. I’m still not convinced that someone involved with The View is not financing this site.

  2. “Literacy” is a good thing, but to what standard. It’s like saying someone can read to 1st-grade level. BFD if you aren’t a 1st-grader.

    Standard of living is even better. Not being imprisoned, tortured, or killed because you disagree is the BEST.

  3. GC: You are correct there are no two sides about it. So are you saying Castro is bad: Yes or No.

      1. Yes. Perhaps I should have asked if you were claiming thT there was some sort of “positive” to nun killing.

        1. You are confused. I am a good guy. I don’t support politicians or administrations that kill nuns. Come on. WE as a country did that.

          Castro threw out an American stooge and tried to relieve Cuban citizens from our oppression. And then we continued to make life difficult for them. We don’t learn, so we are still trying to use similar tactics in Venezuela and STILL failed. Dummies.

          1. Have you ever talked to even one Cuban who fled Castro’s regime? You spout nonsense such as the claptrap above and expect same people to accept “your version of the truth” lock, stock and barrel.
            People fled out of very real fear and interestingly enough they fled to their “oppressors”, think about that.

          2. I know very well what the dangers are of an authoritarian government. You have no idea what I know about them or my experience with them or my lifetime career fighting them. That’s why I fear King Donald The Loser. What he is doing to this country is totally unacceptable, which makes YOU dangerous, too.

  4. “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” Joy Behar

    Joy is confused.

    We back Nicaraguan death squads who killed nuns. That IS bad. There are no two-sides to it.

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