"While the current government of Nicaragua has its problems, its hard to argue that Sanders wasn’t on the right side of history on this and almost every foreign policy issue since, including a lonely vote against the Iraq war in late 2002. Rather than focusing on 40 years ago, Ember might have asked about how Senator Sanders shepherded a vote to end U.S. participation in the Saudi led war in Yemen through a Republican controlled Senate this year, only to have it vetoed by the current occupant of the White House.
On a more positive note, also all but uncovered, Sanders has still found the time to support union and other grassroots organizing, even allowing his own staff and volunteers to aid these efforts.
As Ryan Grim wrote in an excellent piece on this phenomenon on The Intercept, “It’s common for a politician to make a brief appearance on a picket line to show solidarity with a cause, but it’s practically unheard for a campaign to divert its own volunteers away from the mission of electing its candidate. This act of activism flows directly from the bottom-up approach taken by the 2020 Sanders campaign, which is not just in stark contrast to every other presidential campaign"