In a campaign ad released on Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called on the words and legacy of former president John F. Kennedy to promote his radical leftist agenda.
Except, you know, Bernie apparently used to hate JFK to the point of wanting to puke.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, the ad is set to air in Iowa ahead of the February caucus.
It opens with vintage footage of Kennedy promising that Americans would land on the moon.
“President Kennedy knew settling for half-measures wasn’t good enough,” Sanders says in the ad. “So when candidates say we can’t guarantee health care for all, make college affordable for all, combat climate change, or create a world at peace, remember America is best when we strive to do big things, even when it’s hard.”
Interesting that Sanders would praise Kennedy for his thoroughness, when back in 1987 he despised him for being a mere liberal and opposing the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro in Cuba.
The Beacon reports:
In a 1987 interview with the University of Vermont student paper, The Gadfly, the socialist candidate remembered Kennedy as the start of his disillusion with mainstream liberalism. “President Kennedy was elected while I was at the University of Chicago, that was 1960. I remember being physically nauseated by his speech and that doesn’t happen very often,” Sanders said.
Sanders told the student paper that he was particularly repulsed by Kennedy’s opposition to Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba. “Kennedy was young and appealing and ostensibly liberal, but I think at that point, seeing through Kennedy, and what liberalism was, was probably a significant step for me to understand that conventional politics or liberalism was not what was relevant,” he said.
If that doesn’t put Bernie, AOC, and other radical socialists’ infiltration of the Democratic party in a nutshell, I don’t know what does.
The Daily Caller reports that the then-independent Burlington mayor told the same story in a 1986 speech at the University of Vermont. Oddly enough, the setting of the story was the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate rather than a Kennedy speech as Sanders said in ’87.
“I was very excited and impressed by the Cuban Revolution, and there was Kennedy and Nixon talking about which particular method they should use about destroying the revolution,” Sanders recalled. “Usually I’m sufficiently unemotional not to be sick, but I actually got up from the room and almost left to puke because, for the first time in my adult life, what I was seeing is the Democrats and Republicans, both of them … clearly there really wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the two.”
Don’t get me wrong, JFK was no beacon of liberty and conservatism by a long shot. The hypocrisy here is just too much not to point out.