New York’s democratic socialist Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has made it very clear that she loves the idea of socialism, and wants it implemented in the United States as soon as yesterday. However, one strong argument against her wishes is the desolation of Venezuela as overseen by the socialist leader Nicholas Maduro.
Suffice to say, with all the turmoil currently happening in Venezuela, Ocasio-Cortez isn’t too keen on talking about the unofficial Venezuelan leader.
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked if interim president Juan Guaido or Maduro was Venezuela’s rightful leader by National Review’s John McCormack. Instead of answering the question, Ocasio-Cortez kicked the can to her party’s leadership, saying that she would rather defer to them.
I asked @AOC if the Maduro regime is legitimate.
"I defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this," she says. https://t.co/sEn2PwiOoJ
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 2, 2019
The socialist who speaks constantly suddenly has nothing to say.
The inability to denounce Maduro is clue enough to what Ocasio-Cortez thinks, but this isn’t the first time she’s attempting to tip-toe around the issue. We can also see her dodging the question when she reacted when President Donald Trump first reacted to the news that Guaido had been officially made Venezuelan’s leader.
Back in January, AOC made it seem as if she was taking a cautious approach to figuring out what’s going on in Venezuela. It would have seemed like a wise move if she wasn’t known for speaking out on subjects she doesn’t know about with great speed.
For Ocasio-Cortez, she told the Daily Caller News Foundation that she found the crisis in Venzuela “concerning,” but quickly shifted the attention to Trump’s recognition of the legitimately elected leader of Guaido as “non-democratic.”
“Our office is monitoring it closely. I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that’s also concerning, as well,” Ocasio-Cortez told the DCNF. “So, we’re figuring out our response and making sure that we center the people of Venezuela first and foremost.”
Maduro and his socialist regime have done so much damage to the country’s economy that such everyday items as toilet paper, baby formula, and other products we would consider mundane almost unfindable. In fact, so destitute are many of Venezuela’s communities that they’re now transporting their sick and injured to hospitals in dump trucks.
Condemning Maduro should not be a difficult task, but for a socialist, Maduro’s failures and the failures of socialism could easily be theirs. Avoiding speaking about it is the best move they have.
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only socialist refusing to speak about Venezuela. Some news outlets have been trying to get Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak on it for years, and he too does his best to dodge it.