The campaign for presidential candidate Joe Biden excoriated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over comments he made defending the communist regime in Cuba.
The Biden campaign released a statement on Monday.
"Make no mistake: Bernie Sanders' comments on Fidel Castro are a part of a larger pattern throughout his life to embrace autocratic leaders and governments across the globe," read the statement.
"He seems to have found more inspiration in the Soviets, Sandinistas, Chavistas, and Castro than in America. His admiration for elements of Castro's dictatorship or at least willingness to look past Cuba's human rights violations is not just dangerous, it is deeply offensive to the many people in Florida, New Jersey, and across the country that have fled political persecution and sought refuge in the United States," the statement continued.
"Bernie's comments indicate he either fails to understand the pain and suffering that Fidel Castro, Nicolas Maduro, and Daniel Ortega have caused to so many people, including Americans now living here, or worse, that his ideology blinds him to the realities of life in these countries," he added.
"We already have one president who praises dictators and their mob-like tendencies; we don't need another one," the statement concluded.
Even Democrats were surprised and dismayed at the comments from Sanders that appeared to downplay the horrors of the communist Cuban regime.
"We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba," said Sanders, "but it's unfair to say everything was bad!"
He went on to note that Castro also had implemented literacy programs after executing political dissidents.
There has been a renewed focus on Sanders' previous controversial comments after he overtook Biden as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race.