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#NRABernie: From the Time He Was Mayor, Bernie Has Always Put Guns Over Socialism

In the mid-1980s, the Reagan administration was mired in the Iran-Contra scandal. For those of us whose history is a little rusty, this was when the Reagan administration - and specifically, Col. Oliver North of the National Security Council - had illegally facilitated an arms sale to Iran, and then illegally sent that money to aid the Nicaraguan right-wing anti-government rebels known as the Contras. A timeline prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, the Nicaraguan government was controlled by a socialist movement called the Sandinistas.

At the same time, Bernie Sanders was the independent mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Mayor Sanders was not simply vocal in his opposition to Reagan's foreign policies, he explicitly supported and praised the Soviet-aligned Sandinistas. It was natural for Sanders, who would later in that decade choose Soviet Moscow for his honeymoon. Mayor Bernie faithfully spread Soviet-Sandinista propaganda in the United States, traveled to Nicaragua to take part …

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