American, detained by Cuba, says Bernie Sanders visited him there in his prison cell and said, “I don’t know what’s wrong with this country.”
- Sanders visited Alan Gross when he was detained in Cuba
- He was detained by the Cuban government and accused of espionage after working on a government contract to improve the internet service on the island
- Gross says Sanders defended the Cuban government
- “He said, quote:” I don’t know what’s wrong with this country. “
- Sanders defended Cuban literacy programs in the ’60 Minutes’ interview
- Gross says that two other legislators brought him M & Ms, while Sanders brought a copy of the Atlantic magazine
Alan Gross, the American who was detained in Cuba for five years during the Obama administration, says Bernie Sanders defended that country that held him during a visit to the prison where he was detained.
Gross says that the comment was unwelcome and discouraging at a time when he was being held captive and basic rights denied.
“I just think you thought it was stupid,” he said NPR.
Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross says that Bernie Sanders told him during a visit to 2014: “I don’t know what’s wrong with this country.” Gross lost five teeth during his five years in captivity. He was released later that year
“First, how could he not have seen the incredible decline of what was once the grandeur of the pre-Castro era. And two, how could it be insensitive to make that comment to a political hostage – me! “
Gross said that Sanders made the comment during a visit in 2014, where he was accompanied by the then senator. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota and senator Jon Tester from Montana.
He says Sanders told him, “I don’t know what’s wrong with this country.”
Tester told NPR that he did not remember the conversation, but a source close to Heitkamp reminded Sanders that he wanted to “ignore” the meeting with Gross.
Gross said he opposed Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and that Sanders brought him a copy of the Atlantic magazine when he was imprisoned
Sanders has defended aspects of the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro, even though he criticized the authoritarian regime
At that time, Gross’s imprisonment had become both a diplomatic concern and a public problem for Obama, who had not been able to secure Gross’s release after his arrest in 2009.
His wife insisted on action in TV interviews. Gross finally got his freedom after a prisoner exchange for three Cuban spies. The US insisted that Gross did not spy.
“The first year of my captivity was related to sensory deprivation because I saw about 20 minutes of sunlight in the first year,” he said.
He also revealed what the senators brought him to try to captivate his mind in captivity.
Hietkamp and Tester brought a bag with M & Ms, a gesture that he appreciated because he was malnourished. Sanders brought a copy of the Atlantic Ocean magazine, he said.
Gross said he was against Sanders and came forward after the presidential candidate had commented on “60 minutes” to defend the Cuban regime, even though he called it authoritarian.
“When Fidel Castro took office, do you know what he did? He had a huge literacy program. Is that a bad thing even though Fidel Castro did it? “Sanders said.
The news comes when Sanders faces new obstacles. He is great to get delegates to conquer the Democratic nomination, after rivals, including billionaire Mike Bloomberg, swarmed to endorse Joe Biden.