3.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

  • 2019-04-23
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff

As mayor of Vermont's largest city, Bernie Sanders called himself a socialist and the press referred to him as such.

Throughout the 1980s, Sanders remained a constant critic of U.S. foreign policy aimed at curbing the spread of communism while openly praising dictators like Fidel Castro.

Sanders even revealed he couldn't hide his disdain after listening to Kennedy and Nixon debate how they would stop the Cuban revolution during the 1960 presidential election. 

"I actually got up from the room and almost left to puke," he admitted.
 
Sanders' election to represent Vermont's at-large congressional district marked the first time an unabashed socialist graced the halls of Congress in 60 years. 

In an apparent attempt to expand his electoral appeal, Sander now refers to himself as a Democratic Socialist.

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