A CNN analyst said many Democratic lawmakers are unwilling to criticize the Cuba government for supporting socialism.
During Sunday’s episode of “Inside Politics”, the panel discussed the rift between members of the Democratic Party to address the recent protests in Cuba. Host Abby Phillips sat with a panel of co-author of Politico playbook Rachel Bade, CNN analyst Jackie Kucinich and Washington Post reporter Toluse Olorunnipa to question whether this would affect Latino support for President Joe Biden.
“So, of course, all of this is happening in a political context where Democrats are looking at what happened in 2020, when Joe Biden’s margin over Donald Trump with Latinos was seven percent, compared to 27 percent for Hillary Clinton just four years earlier,” Phillips said. . “So is this a golden opportunity for Democrats to get politics right and politics right on the issue?”
Olorunnipa admitted that the Democratic Party included a “progressive wing” that “does not want to go hard on Cuba” because of its socialist policies.
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“They are really led in many ways by the progressive wing of their party, and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party does not want to go hard on Cuba against some of the things that the Castro regime may have been a part of. part because there are some Democrats, there are some progressives who agree on some of these things. They agree with universal health care. They agree with some of the programs that were in place in a more socialist society. And Joe Biden is trying to push against it. Olorunnipa replied.
He also admitted that there is concern that Biden is losing support among Latino voters because of progressive Democrats criticizing his position.
Last week, the White House condemned communism as a “failed ideology,” noting “this has been a government, an authoritarian, communist regime that has oppressed its people and failed the people of Cuba.” Biden called communism a “failed system” and added that he does not see socialism as a substitute.
However, the White House faced setbacks from the far left rope. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. who condemned the Biden administration for continuing to support embargoes against Cuba and linked them to the suffering of Cuban citizens.
“I completely reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a lever against everyday people,” she wrote.
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Kucinich referred to this conflict and noted that Biden needs to repair the damage done by the “very vocal progressive wing” of his party.
Bade agreed that there are calls for Democrats to stop referring to socialism, but that democratic socialism “is still being embraced.”