Venezuelan Assembly Member Challenges Bernie Sanders To Visit His Country for a Week Without Body Guards

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a news conference to announce legislation to expand Social Security, on Capitol Hill February 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders proposal would contribute to Social Security with payroll taxes on income above $250,000. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Venezuelan Assemblyman, Jose Guerra, told PJ’s Media’s Nicholas Ballasy that he thinks Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should visit his country to see first hand what’s happening there:

“I suggest Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards and go to the street and speak with a cell phone and see what is going on.”

Guerra said that politicians who refuse to label Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro a dictator don’t understand the political situation in Venezuela:

“Maybe they misunderstand what is going on in Venezuela. It’s a dictatorship. There’s no power separation and more than 400 political prisoners that have been prosecuted like me. It’s a new dictatorship.”

Sanders has been heavily criticized for not calling Maduro a dictator.

During CNN town hall in February, Sanders was asked why he hasn’t labeled Maduro a dictator, he said he believes there are still some “democratic operations” taking place in that country:

“But there are still democratic operations taking place in their country. The point is, what I am calling for right now is internationally supervised free elections.”

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Months later, during the third Democratic presidential debate, Sanders was asked by Univision’s Jorge Ramos if he considered Maduro to be a dictator and he instead called Maduro a “tyrant“:

“Let me be very clear: Anybody who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant.”

There has been extensive reporting on the brutal crackdown on political dissent in Venezuela. In July, the United Nations issued a report stating that Maduro’s regime has sent “death squads” to kill dissidents.

According to the report, security forces have often planted evidence such as weapons to make it appears as though the victims resisted arrested.

Thus far, Sanders has not accepted Guerro’s challenge to go to Venezuela.

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Otis
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Don’t forget to take your difiblator along, Bernie.

General Confusion
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“Your slanted opinion of the pro-America Republican Party is exactly worth the price I paid to read that pathetic trash as more people are waking up and #WalkAway. IF you want to look at a failure, look no farther than the anti-America DemocRAT Party of today.” Confused James You are confused in so many ways, Confused James. I agree that the Democratic Party’s LEADERSHIP is not what I want from it. It is not that they are “anti-American” (this is part of what confuses people like you), it is that they are corrupt. They are pro-their-donors. The same for what… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Dear Lord, James. you have been on IJR long enough to know that if you reply to a comment that someone else has already replied, no one is going to be able to read it. If you re-post your reply as a comment, I will check back.

Phyllis Softa
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William Conley, WHERE did you get the idea that Trump is the only POTUS to negotiate with the Kim regime? The Kim regime has been negotiating and reneging on deals for decades. Please google it. While you are at it, google the status of ISIS today—they are fighting along side the Turks to cleanse the northern section of Syria of Christians and Kurds.

Allen Zabel
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Like they say.
“Socialism is great. Until you run out of other peoples money to spend.”
BTW, Democratic Socialism, is nothing more than communism, waiting for personal greed to affect it.

General Confusion
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“So…you quote figures from the past but FAIL to mention how Venezuela’s socialist policies failed and now Maduro has become a dictator. That’s NOW.” I Ching Yeah. So? You seem to have a comprehension problem. I only supported their original plan and accomplishments. It worked well for them, for a while. At least I acknowledge that things change. I explained about how well it worked or didn’t work AFTER corruption set in and AFTER our sanctions were applied. I could say EXACTLY the same thing about the modern Republican party. It worked OK, for a while, until the 1970s, but… Read more »

Screwtape
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Genitalissimo, So…you quote figures from the past but FAIL to mention how Venezuela’s socialist policies failed and now Maduro has become a dictator. That’s NOW. People starving? Check. People fleeing? Check. Essentials like toilet paper, foodstuffs, soap, and medicine missing? Check. Women and children prostituting themselves just to eat? Check. Government thugs used against dissenters, journalists, and general citizens? Check. (bonus: pets, zoo animals, and garbage being eaten) If Maduro had any brains (he does not which is why he’s a greedy socialist) he’d market “The Venezuela Diet” and spas as a source of income. But he’s a selfish, stupid… Read more »

Screwtape
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Genitalissimo, who’s not smart enough not to be confused, ““Sanders talks a good game but he is a coward in reality” John I am confused, John. What are your other examples of Bernie Sanders being a coward in reality? By not participating in somebody else’s hypothetical scenario? You can do better than that, right?” He’s a liar, hypocrite, and coward. How about YOU provide examples of his bravery and leadership? Crickets chirp. He talks about wealth disparity while owning three homes and having millions in the bank. Ask him, should the chance occur, if he’ll give any of that up.… Read more »

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