Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” is popular with an extreme segment of activists, but many in party leadership are souring on his antics.
Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) skewered Sanders for backing Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, tweeting, “I’ll make it clear, @SenSanders does not reflect the majority of the Democratic Party … Maduro is a dictator and must go.”
In the same tweet, Rep. Shalala expressed support for the country’s interim president, Jose Guaido, something Sanders refuses to do. Instead, he said “what has to happen right now” is a “free and fair election in Venezuela.”
Sanders admits that Maduro “has been very, very abusive” but stops short of calling him to step down. “I absolutely disagree with his imprecision in not saying Maduro must go,” said Shalala, digging in.
This is yet another example of Sanders’ misunderstanding of history and the current situation in Venezuela. Even Slate magazine, which is no friend to conservative causes, says he has a “soft spot for Latin American strongmen.”
Americans who have paid attention to Sanders over the years aren’t surprised. A video interview recently surfaced from 1985 featuring Sanders praising Fidel Castro and communism, proving he’s still the same Marxist he’s always been.
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