Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Liz Harrington didn’t miss the irony when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reminded President Donald Trump he’s not a “dictator” months after he failed to use the term to describe Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.
As IJR Blue reported, Sanders called out Trump after he tweeted that special counsel Robert Mueller shouldn’t testify before Congress on the findings of his investigation into alleged collusion between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
“Sorry, Mr. President, you are not a dictator,” Sanders tweeted. “In our democracy, when Congress calls on Robert Mueller to testify, he will testify.”
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Sorry, Mr. President, you are not a dictator. In our democracy, when Congress calls on Robert Mueller to testify, he will testify. https://t.co/hGhU9PlAXR
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 6, 2019
Harrington, however, reminded Twitter users of how Sanders failed to use the term dictator to describe Maduro, whose reelection was voided after he attempted to rig the election by bribing starving people for votes and who has refused to hand his office over to interim president Juan Guaido.
As IJR Red reported, Sanders neglected to call Maduro a dictator during a Univision interview earlier this year. He later doubled down on that stance, defending “democratic operations in Venezuela” during a CNN town hall.
Sharing the clip from the town hall, Harrington tore into Sanders.
“This is rich,” she wrote. “Bernie refuses to call Maduro a dictator, but is happy to use the term to try to slander our president. Maybe we’ll take you seriously once you stop giving cover to socialists.”
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This is rich. Bernie refuses to call Maduro a dictator, but is happy to use the term to try to slander our president
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) May 6, 2019
As IJR Red reported, Maduro got violent last week amid the leadership limbo, and his military fired rounds into crowds of civilians and pulled broadcasts from the air to suppress coverage of the violence. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) reacted to the ordeal by attempting to place some of the blame on the United States.
However, Republicans like Vice President Mike Pence, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) wasted no time teaching her a lesson. As IJR Red noted, Pence even doubled down on his response to the freshman lawmaker to set her straight.