Tensions in Venezuela continue to escalate as violence breaks out in the country while dictator Nicolás Maduro holds leadership, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thinks the U.S. “helped lead the devastation” — which has Vice President Mike Pence and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley swiping back.
While Maduro refuses to give up the power of leadership, Venezuelan interim president Juan Guaido used force on Tuesday in an effort to oust Maduro in a coup movement, which resulted in a violent response from Maduro’s forces. Guaido also called for the “largest march” in Venezuela on Wednesday.
“A lot of the policies that we’ve put in place has kind of helped led the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar claimed. “And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”
The Democratic freshman congresswoman continued to say that the “bullying” of Maduro’s government by the U.S. “to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help people in countries like Venezuela.”
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Apparently Maduro's starvation of his people and armored trucks running them over in the streets is not worthy of criticism in her eyes. pic.twitter.com/leTcRHWDVd
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) May 1, 2019
The vice president swiped back at Omar by tweeting, “As Venezuelans take to the streets to stand for their freedoms against an oppressive dictator, Democrat Congresswoman @IlhanMN chooses socialism over freedom.”
Pence reiterated that the “Trump Administration stands with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela.”
As Venezuelans take to the streets to stand for their freedom against an oppressive dictator, Democrat Congresswoman @IlhanMN chooses socialism over freedom. The Trump Administration stands with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela. https://t.co/UYiPLPvKl5
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 2, 2019
Haley — who resigned from her position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in October 2018 — noted the intensity of the socialist country of Venezuela.
She tweeted that due to Maduro’s regime, the average “Venezuelan adult has lost 24 lbs. Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day.”
Haley then slammed Omar’s comments as “so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support.”
.@IlhanMN the avg Venezuelan adult has lost 24 lbs. Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day. All bc of the corrupt Maduro regime. Your comments are so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support. https://t.co/o1ADtlwrtN
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) May 1, 2019
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also rebuked Omar’s remark on Venezuela and its “murderous dictator.”
McDaniel blasted Omar for “blaming AMERICA for the crisis” in the socialist country and called for the removal of the freshman congresswoman from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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
Other conservatives were also quick to swipe back at Omar, saying her “response is to criticize… the United States.”
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Solid stuff here from human rights advocate Ilhan Omar https://t.co/xrntnOPyxp
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 1, 2019
Ilhan Omar still serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in spite of a rampant history of anti-Semitic remarks and anti-American sentiment.
Minnesota – be ashamed.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 1, 2019
It would be impossible to properly describe the extent to which @IlhanMN has ZERO credibility to opine on this issue.
What a world. https://t.co/e71DBOhNUx
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) May 1, 2019
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) May 1, 2019
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) May 1, 2019
As IJR Red reported, the U.S. has made known that they, along with several other countries, view Guaido as Venezuela’s president and, as President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom!”