Joe Biden VP contender Rep. Karen Bass on Sunday walked again opinions praising late Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro in 2016 — insisting she didn’t know he was despised by his own folks.

“I definitely would have not put that statement out,” Bass informed Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when he pressed the Californian lawmaker.

“Lesson discovered, would not do that once more, for absolutely sure,” she continued, telling Wallace she now comprehended Castro’s leadership was a “brutal regime.”

In a assertion in 2016 just after Castro’s death, Bass proposed that “the passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a fantastic decline to the people today of Cuba.”

The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus has faced greater scrutiny for controversial past remarks in the latest weeks following her identify emerged as one of the prime contenders to join Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ticket.

Bass, a five-time period congresswoman who represents Los Angeles, was questioned to bear the arduous vetting system by Biden final thirty day period.

The 66-calendar year-old also discovered herself in incredibly hot h2o before this 7 days soon after video clip emerged of her praising the Church of Scientology and its controversial founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Bass introduced a assertion on Saturday insisting that she did not know at the time of the popular allegations of abuse leveled at the church.

“Ten a long time in the past, I attended a new setting up opening in my district and spoke to what I assume all of us think in — regard for 1 another’s sights, to handle all men and women with respect and to combat towards oppression wherever we find it,” she stated.

“Since then, posted initially-hand accounts in guides, interviews and documentaries have exposed this team. Every person is now conscious of the allegations towards Scientology.”