Watch the Sanders Interview That Even Has Democrats Speechless
Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refused to call for Nicolás Maduro to step down and did not recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader during an interview with Jorge Ramos. pic.twitter.com/dVZ5CK5N3P— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 21, 2019
Despite an economy in shambles, 90 percent of its population in poverty, and its 32 million citizens average weight down 24 pounds Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders won't condemn Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro nor voice support for Juan Guaidó, who the United States and its allies view as the country's rightful leader.
The Daily Wire reports:
Asked directly by Univsion's Jorge Ramos in an interview Tuesday if he believes Maduro is a dictator and should "go," Sanders glaringly hedged. "Is Nicolas Maduro a dictator, Senator, for you? And should he go?" asked Ramos.
"I think clearly he has been very, very abusive," Sanders replied. "That is a decision of the Venezuelan people. So I think, Jorge, there's got to be a free and fair election."
Sanders then turned the conversation into a condemnation of America's past actions in Latin America: "But what must not happen is that the United States must not use military force and intervene again as it has done in the past in Latin America, as you recall, whether it was Chile or Brazil or the Dominican Republic or Guatemala," said the democratic socialist. "The United States has a very bad record of intervening in Latin American countries. That must not happen again. The future of Venezuela must be left to the Venezuelan people."
Asked if he would recognize Guaidó as the interim leader of the country, Sanders said, "No." He then vaguely mentioned "serious questions" about the legitimacy of the election that resulted in dictator Maduro maintaining power. "There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election," said the senator, refusing to specify if he is among those "many people."
The full interview is viewable below (relevant comments start around the 12-minute mark):