While he was campaigning in Iowa today, I asked Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders if he regretted taking his honeymoon in what is now the former Soviet Union. He denied having done so, and told me to “get my facts straight” — so I did:
Here's what Sanders himself told the Washington Post in May:
Bernie Sanders was bare-chested, towel-draped, sitting at a table lined with vodka bottles, as he sang “This Land Is Your Land” to his hosts in the Soviet Union in the spring of 1988.
The just-married socialist mayor from Vermont was on what he called “a very strange honeymoon,” an official 10-day visit to the communist country, and he was enthralled with the hospitality and the lessons that could be brought home.
This “honeymoon” story has since been picked up around the world. And it bothers me because my family fled communist-run Poland and found refuge in Canada.
How can a man who wants to be president of the United States not only vacation in a communist dictatorship, but then blatantly lie about it, like he just did with me?
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