Insurgent Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) gave the thumbs up for an imperialist warmonger and fierce critic of socialism on Thursday’s debate.
A 40-year-old stay-at-home dad participating in the PBS debate through Facebook asked Sanders and embattled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which domestic and foreign leaders most influenced their foreign policy philosophy. Sanders praised Franklin Delano Roosevelt before endorsing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, despite reservations about the World War II hero’s politics.
“As the foreign leader, Winston Churchill’s politics were not my politics. He was kind of a conservative guy in many respects. But nobody can deny that as a wartime leader, he rallied the British people when they stood virtually alone against the Nazi juggernaut and rallied them and eventually won an extraordinary victory,” he told the Wisconsin audience.
The caveat is important given Churchill’s frank criticism of Sanders’ brand of socialism.
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy,” Churchill said in a 1948 address to the Scottish Unionist Conference.