Senator Bernie Sanders is now the odds-on-favorite to win the Democrat presidential nomination. Let that sink in for a moment: an avowed socialist and communist sympathizer will likely be the nominee of a major political party, placing him only one election away from becoming president of the United States.

It remains to be seen whether independents and even some Democrats will support him in the general election given his decades-long support for socialism and embrace of communist regimes. In a devastating report, NBC News highlighted the many times that Comrade Bernie has spoken up in favor of socialist regimes and denounced America. The following are a few examples:

  • In 1972, Sanders told junior high school students in Vermont that US policy in Vietnam was ‘almost as bad as what Hitler did,’ according to The Rutland Daily Herald.
  • On his Nicaragua visit in 1985, Sanders sat down with leader Daniel Ortega, whom he later called ‘a very impressive guy.’ At the time, human rights activists had documented serious abuses by Ortega’s government.
  • On a trip to the Soviet Union in 1988, Sanders criticized American foreign policy to such an extent that one of the Republicans on the trip rose to rebut him and then stormed out of the room, he told NBC News.
  • In 1989, Sanders visited communist Cuba and lauded the country’s ‘free healthcare, free education, free housing,’ while dismissing the government’s holding of political prisoners by saying Cuba was not a ‘perfect society,’ according to The Free Press of Burlington.”

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Sanders still hasn’t condemned the socialist regime in Venezuela, refuses to refer to Nicholas Maduro as a dictator, and hasn’t recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the true leader of the country.

Bernie has an odd fondness for former communist dictator Fidel Castro.  Last night on 60 Minutes, host Anderson Cooper asked Bernie about his past support for Castro. Sanders replied by saying that “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it.”

Really, Bernie? That’s your best defense for Castro? Castro wasn’t that bad because he taught kids how to read? The reason he wanted them to read was so he could indoctrinate children with communist propaganda. Bernie failed to mention that nugget, didn’t he?

In 1986, Sanders expressed his support for the Cuban revolution when he said that he became sick to his stomach when he heard Democrat John F. Kennedy discussing ways to overturn that revolution in the 1960 presidential debate with Richard Nixon. He said, “I actually left the room because I was about to puke.”

Well, comrade, millions of Americans are about to puke at the thought of you becoming president.

It is important that Americans be made aware of Bernie’s past statements and beliefs. He openly campaigned for communists in the 70s and 80s and is being intellectually dishonest—at best—when he claims that he wants our country to be more like Denmark than the Soviet Union.

Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union and video has surfaced of a shirtless Bernie drunkenly singing Russian anthems with a table of communists during that 1988 trip. That right there is the very image of a man who supports communism. Denmark and Sweden, unlike what Bernie says, have capitalist countries that have certain government-run programs unlike the Soviet Union, where the government owned the means of production of the entire economy.

To my conservative friends, I say: Don’t underestimate Bernie Sanders. He has an energetic base and we can’t afford to be cocky. He is the most dangerous major party candidate in the history of the republic.

We can’t let him win.