Several normally loud voices on the left have been oddly silent about what’s going on in Venezuela. Not coincidentally, they are people who’ve previously defended Nicolas Maduro on some level or another. I’m speaking specifically of Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, and Bernie Sanders.
The latter two have inexplicably still not commented, but Ilhan Omar finally broke her silence on Democracy Now, a far-left socialist mouthpiece.
Needless to say, her response was a complete dumpster fire.
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar blamed the U.S. for the crisis in Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/5asyUdXspc
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 1, 2019
“You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday in an interview with “Democracy Now!.”
This is pure nonsense. The sanctions we put on Venezuela had essentially nothing to do with the economic collapse there. In fact, until recently (well after things deteriorated) the only sanctions we had in effect were on specific members of Maduro’s ruling class. We were not embargoing their oil or sanctioning their economy at the point when people started eating dogs and carrying around suitcases of cash to buy breakfast.
“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States,” Omar said on the progressive television program.
How morally bankrupt does someone have to be to say that regime change doesn’t help the people of Venezuela? On what planet are the people better off eating trash and living under a murderous, socialist dictator? You’d think this would be one thing Republicans and Democrats could agree on, but I guess not. I’ve heard some crazy things come out of the mouths of Democrats over the years, but this may actually take the cake for its pure insanity.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded with this tweet.
Ilhan Omar’s response to Venezuela’s murderous dictator?
1) Refuse to support global coalition backing Guaidó
2) Back the socialist regime
3) Demonize US aid
Now she's blaming AMERICA for the crisis.
She should be removed from the Foreign Affairs Cmte.pic.twitter.com/cfGWZfVseW
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 1, 2019
What you are seeing here is the mask fully coming off. Ilhan Omar has no concept of actual American ideals and freedoms. She constantly sympathizes with radicals, dictators, and Islamists and none of it is an accident. That is her worldview, full stop. The fact that this person sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is an absolute travesty and Nancy Pelosi should be made to answer for it.
The problem is that no one in the mainstream press are even seeking to press this issue. When I went to search for quotes from this insane interview, the only outlets reporting on it were right-wing news sources. How is a Congressional member blaming the U.S. while supporting a socialist dictator not worthy of headline coverage by CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, etc.? The answer is that it is but these people are so biased that they’ll tolerate literally anything from Ilhan Omar and others like her. It’s disgusting.
Minnesota needs to wake up fast and not re-elect this woman to a second term next year. I get partisan politics covers a lot of sins, but this is a bridge too far. This is anti-American, pro-dictator garbage and it shouldn’t stand.