WATCH: Here’s How Nelson Mandela Answered When He Was Confronted By Media for Praising Fidel Castro

Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been taking flak for his ongoing praise of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, but 30 years ago, it was then-recently released political prisoner Nelson Mandela who was pressed to explain his own devotion to Castro.

Sanders has praised Cuba’s health care and education for decades, and has recently endured fierce political attacks for doubling down on that praise.But Reverend Al Sharpton offered several defenses of Sanders on Wednesday, one of which involved Mandela’s 1990 town hall event with ABC News’ Ted Koppel.

During that event, Mandela was repeatedly pressed about his praise for Castro, as well as several other reviled world figures. Former Reagan
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