Nicolas Maduro is a dictator. This is not a subject that’s up for debate, it’s just a simple fact. Yet Bernie Sanders, who is now a candidate for president in 2020, won’t admit this. During a recent CNN town hall event, Sanders actually tried to make excuses for Maduro.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sanders Still Won’t Call Maduro a Dictator: ‘There Are Still Democratic Operations’ in Venezuela
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) continued his streak of not calling Venezuelan autocratic leader Nicolas Maduro a dictator, saying Monday that there are still “democratic operations” in Venezuela.
Sanders, who announced last week he’s running for president, participated in a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C., with host Wolf Blitzer. The CNN host asked him why he stopped short of calling Maduro a dictator in an interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos last week.
“Well, I think it’s fair to say that the last election was undemocratic, but there are still democratic operations taking place in that country. The point is what I’m calling for right now is internationally supervised, free elections,” Sanders said.
Shortly before the town hall, Univision announced on Twitter that Ramos and the team working with him were “being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing [Maduro] but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated.”
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The amazing thing about this is that Bernie Sanders has no problem calling out his fellow Americans, if they’re wealthy.
Jim Geraghty writes at National Review:
Bernie Sanders Will Rebuke Billionaires, But Not Ruthless Dictators
Perfect: Bernie Sanders refused to call Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro a “dictator” on a night when Maduro temporarily detained Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos and his network colleagues, and seized their cameras and equipment…
This is a campaign of terror to prevent starving people from getting to food aid. This is as straight-up evil as it gets. This is not a hard call. This is not “very fine people on both sides.” The oppressor and the oppressed are crystal clear in this situation, and Bernie Sanders cannot bring himself to offer anything beyond the most perfunctory criticism of Maduro.
Bernie Sanders is the unchanging man. Back in the 1980s, he sang the praises of Daniel Ortega and attended a Nicaraguan rally where the crowd chanted, “Here, there, everywhere, the Yankee will die.” Sanders insisted that the United States was unreasonably hostile to the Soviet Union. He happily met with representatives of the Irish Republican Army.
There’s an amazing inversion in Sanders’s worldview, as some of the villains he denounced most frequently were the Central Intelligence Agency, private hospitals, banks, and of course, “millionaires and billionaires,” no matter how they made their money.
It’s absolutely stunning that this line of thinking never occurs to Sanders.