Karen Bass renounces her praise of Fidel Castro

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

Bass is widely reported to be on Biden's running mate shortlist, but as her odds and profile have risen in recent weeks, so has the media scrutiny into her past - particularly concerning her relationship with Cuba. She said her views of Cuba are in line with policy under former President Barack Obama, who sought to thaw US relations with the country.

She has also come under fire from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign after The Atlantic reported Friday that Bass worked in Cuba in the 1970s with a group aligned with Fidel Castro's government.

According to the Daily Caller, Bass served in the California General Assembly when she gave a speech at the event in question on 24 April, 2010. "I know that there is not freedom of press, freedom of association". "That doesn't excuse the fact that I know the Castro regime has been a brutal regime to its people".

On Sunday, she told NBC News that "I don't consider myself a Castro sympathizer".

"I think our Black politicians should stand down. But don't let anyone tell you I've done something wrong without checking".

"Rep. Bass has never met Louis Farrakhan, has never spoken to Louis Farrakhan and has no ties to Louis Farrakhan", the spokesperson said, adding that Bass "is in no way linked to Louis Farrakhan or the Nation of Islam".

"What I would bring [as vice president] is nearly 20 years of deep experience at the senior most ranks of the executive branch, getting things done for the American people, wrestling with crises and dealing with the solutions we need", Rice said.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday, Bass said she was trying to find an "area of agreement" with the Church of Scientology in a 2010 speech she made while attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Scientology building in Los Angeles.

"The words are exciting of your founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in The Creed of the Church of Scientology: that all people of whatever race, colour or creed, are created with equal rights".

She said the comments were made before widespread allegations of abuse were leveled against the church, although reports had already surfaced from former members who said the church abused and intimidated members at the time of her comments.

'Since then, published first-hand accounts in books, interviews and documentaries have exposed this group'.

"What I also believe is that the best way to deal with change is to have relations, and so I support what President Obama and Vice President Biden did in opening up relations with the island of Cuba that's 90 miles away", she said.

Bass did not state what her current views of the church are but mentioned that "everyone is now aware" of the allegations against it.

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