LOL, nice spin after Bernie ---- the bed in his Univision interview.
Sanders did not embrace Maduro in his Tuesday interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos, who quickly touched on Guaidó being declared the interim president of Venezuela by the nation's National Assembly following Maduro's questionable election.As always, its only about the votes...
But when he was asked whether he recognized Guaidó as the legitimate leader of the country, Sanders answered, "No."
"There are serious questions about the recent election. There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election," Sanders added.
In a follow-up question, Ramos asked Sanders if he thought Maduro is a dictator who should step down. Sanders refused to say yes or no.
Sanders also said that he believes "the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure that there is a free and fair election in Venezuela."
That comment puzzled Shalala. "I do agree the international comm needs to come together and the U.S. needs to work with the international community," she said. "But that's been happening."
Sanders has long had sympathy for leftist governments. Once a self-described socialist -- he now uses the term "democratic socialist" -- Sanders has spoken favorably in the past about socialist and communist strongmen. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Sanders once said, wasn't "perfect" but "totally transformed" the country. And Nicaragua's leftist leader, Daniel Ortega, was "an impressive guy," Sanders argued.
Venezuelans and Nicaraguans tend to vote Democratic once they become U.S. citizens and register to vote in Florida.
But Democratic consultants and community leaders say there's evidence that could change and that the GOP's anti-socialist messaging helped Republicans in 2018 and could help Trump in 2020.
Helena Poleo, a Democrat who's a former journalist from Venezuela and is a Spanish-language commentator, called Sanders comments "disgusting. The Florida Democratic Party needs to denounce this now."