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Friday, February 22, 2019

Democrats are denouncing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for refusing to call Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro a dictator. Sanders also would not say whether he considered Venezuela's assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, as the nation's interim president, which is the position of the United States and a majority of Latin American countries and European countries.

Democrats, already alarmed that Trump's inroads with Venezuelans could help him peel off an otherwise-reliable Democratic voting bloc, were quick to denounce Sanders' comments. "He is not going to be the nominee of the Democratic Party. He has demonstrated again that he does not understand this situation," Rep. Donna Shalala, a Miami Democrat who represents Venezuelan exiles and, told POLITICO. "I absolutely disagree with his imprecision in not saying Maduro must go."

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The emerging issue hasn't yet spilled into the broader Democratic primary for president. Most candidates haven't weighed in, some by choice.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden, however, have clearly stated they consider Maduro a dictator and Guaidó the legitimate leader of Venezuela. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Pod Save America that she believed Maduro was a dictator and suggested she supported the "diplomatic part" of Trump's backing of Guaidó, though she faulted him for too much "saber rattling."

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The Democrats are right to be concerned about taking the correct stance on Venezuela because their latino voting bloc is watching this very closely. The more Maduro kills civilians in an effort to maintain power the further that the Democrats will move away from him.

Bernie, who has in the past expressed unbridled admiration for Chavez' "revolution" is in a really tough spot here and has got to be hoping that this resolves soon.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 03:03 PM | Reply

"Rabin-Havt also noted Sanders has condemned Maduro."

Bernie Sanders @SenSanders

The Maduro government has waged a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election many observers said was fraudulent. The economy is a disaster and millions are migrating. 1/3

The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people. We must condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and the suppression of dissent. 2/3

But we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups -- as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil & the DR. The US has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American nations; we must not go down that road again. 3/3

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-22 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

--Bernie, who has in the past expressed unbridled admiration for Chavez' "revolution"

And Fidel Castro and Daniel Ortega. He does like these authoritarian socialists.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-22 03:11 PM | Reply

As I said in the "Not Feeling the Bernie" Thread, this is just 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.

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.

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."

If Maduro keeps killing his own people, Bernie is going to be hard pressed to not join the chorus of the other candidates and the 26 (and counting) countries that are calling for Maduro to step down and allow free elections.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 03:22 PM | Reply

At least he has his integrity.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-02-22 04:25 PM | Reply

I hope he enjoys that right up until he's thrown into a pit with hungry pigs like himself.

#6 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-22 04:58 PM | Reply

How dare Bernie not want to impose our leader on Venezuela...
Nobody voted for Guido
Let Venezuela figure it out without American intervention .. it never ends well and only makes more enemies.

#7 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-02-22 06:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course they do. They believe in meddling into other countries affairs. They are rotten to the core.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-02-22 06:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Laura,

The question of whether or not Sanders supports Maduro has nothing to do with meddling in their affairs.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-22 06:58 PM | Reply

Not to be outdone 503JC69 makes Laura look like a piker in the ridiculous department.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-22 07:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not wanting to destroy yet another country is ridiculous?
Not wanting to remove an elected leader to install a puppet ridiculous?
Then so be it
Is there any positive example of American intervention in the last 20 years?.. Iraq..Yemen... Syria...Lybia...Afghans... which one do you consider a success?

#11 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-02-22 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--The question of whether or not Sanders supports Maduro has nothing to do with meddling in their affairs.

If Western politicians want a peaceful resolution, they will call for new elections. Have to wonder what Sanders' game is here.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-22 07:30 PM | Reply

If Western politicians want a peaceful resolution, they will call for new elections.

"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."

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 07:32 PM | Reply

How dare Bernie not want to impose our leader on Venezuela...

The US and 26 other nations are calling for free and open elections in Venezuela, rather than jailing all of the opposition and running against a hairdresser and a patsy from your own party that you installed. Do you have a problem with that?

Nobody voted for Guido

See above, he had jailed his two main opponents and declared three others ineligible to run. Is that your idea of fair?

Let Venezuela figure it out without American intervention

There is no evidence that the US put Guaido up to this or is in any way "intervening", in fact, the recently released opposition leader, Lopez Obrador, is the one who came up with this strategy.

Learn a little about the facts before declaring that the US wants to destroy Venezuela and install a puppet, Drama Queen.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 07:38 PM | Reply

^^^ Disingenuous

#15 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-02-22 07:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15

dis·in·gen·u·ous

/ˌdisənˈjenyo͞oəs/

adjective

not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

Considering that everything I said is factually correct and sincere, are you saying that I know more about this than I am saying?

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 07:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I am sure we put twice convicted for lying to congress Elliott Abrams in charge of Venezuela to send food aid.. learn some history and pull your head out of the sand

#17 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-02-22 08:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17

Boo!

-Elliot Abrams

You can discuss your paranoia with Sir Richard Branson, Juan Guaido and the 190 tons of aid from the EU and Canada stockpiled in Cucuta, Columbia that is going to be delivered tomorrow.

Guaido Arrives at Colombia Benefit Concert, Defying Maduro Travel Ban

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-22 08:47 PM | Reply

What would happen if Mexico FORCED aid thru Tijuana destined for Compton.

Would there be deaths?

#19 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-02-22 09:46 PM | Reply

If Kaitlyn "Gun Girl" Bennett was in Venezuela she wouldn't have had any pants to poop in.

It is only thanks to capitalism that Kaitlyn "Gun Girl" Bennett was able to poop her pants.

#20 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-23 03:26 AM | Reply

#18

Nice false equivalence...I'm 100% sure that if Mexico offered to give Compton food and medicine we would allow it in.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-23 03:14 PM | Reply

#20

Probably the most retarded deflection I have ever seen on the DR, and that is saying something.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-23 03:14 PM | Reply

If I was in Venezuela I wouldn't have had anything retarded to deflect fron.

It is only thanks to capitalism that I was able to have anything retarded to deflect from.

#23 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-23 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Or is it with?

Would I have nothing retarded to deflect with in Venezuela?

Awwww, ---- it.

Venezuela is bad, mmmmmkay?

There is nothing there.

It is only thanks to capitalism that there is anything.

#24 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-23 04:30 PM | Reply

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