Rep Karen Bass addresses Scientology's past accolades

Elias Hubbard
August 5, 2020

"I'm not a socialist".

The video was uploaded to the Church of Scientology YouTube page in 2013, but has gained new relevance, as Bass is considered one of the last women still considered to be Joe Biden's career partner in 2020.

The Atlantic reported Friday that in 1973, when she was 19, Bass traveled to Cuba to volunteer as a construction worker in the Venceremos Brigade, a group that organized annual trips to the island for young American leftists. When he passed in 2016, Bass reportedly referred to the dictator as "comandante en jefe" - or "commander in chief" - and lamented his death as a "great loss to the people of Cuba".

After criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, she now says she would do things differently.

Of the remarks, she told MSNBC that she would "certainly" not make such statements again.

In that interview, she also called the Castro regime "very troubling".

"What I would bring [as vice president] is nearly 20 years of deep experience at the senior most ranks of the executive branch, getting things done for the American people, wrestling with crises and dealing with the solutions we need", Rice said.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez a day earlier accused Bass of being a sympathizer of the Castro regime after she visited Cuba in her youth and decades later as a lawmaker with former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015 and President Barack Obama in 2016.

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is under scrutiny after reports emerged that she attended Nation of Islam events.

The outlet reported that a spokesperson for Bass said that she never spoke with or met Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Minister [Louis] Farrakhan will take a call from a Maxine Waters or Karen Bass. "But don't let anyone tell you I've done something wrong without checking".

Bass also recently became embroiled in controversy over comments she made praising the Church of Scientology in 2010.

According to the Daily Caller, Bass served in the California General Assembly when she gave a speech at the event in question on 24 April, 2010.

But a video of her participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of the Church of Scientology's facilities in Los Angeles 10 years ago has resurfaced online, and could hurt her chances.

'The Church of Scientology, I know, has made a difference, because your creed is a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere, ' Bass said in front of an audience of 6,000 people.

"Since then, published first-hand accounts in books, interviews and documentaries have exposed this group", she added. "Everyone is now aware of the allegations against Scientology", she said.

"Ten years back, I attended a new constructing opening in my district and spoke to what I think all of us imagine in - respect for a single another's views, to address all persons with respect and to fight from oppression wherever we come across it", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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