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Sanders Defends Not Calling Maduro a Dictator

"It's fair to say that the last election was undemocratic, but there are still democratic operations taking place in that country," Sanders said.

By NTK Staff | 02.26.2019 @10:47am

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) defended not calling Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro a dictator during a CNN town hall on Monday.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders why he didn’t call Maduro a dictator during his response to a previous question from a member of the audience.

“It’s fair to say that the last election was undemocratic, but there are still democratic operations taking place in that country,” Sanders said. “The point is, what I am calling for right now is internationally supervised, free elections.”

“I do find it interesting that Trump is very concerned about what goes on in Venezuela, but what about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia?” Sanders asked, facetiously. “Oh, there wasn’t any election in Saudi Arabia? Oh, women are treated as third-class citizens? So, I find it interesting that Trump is kind of selective as to where he is concerned about democracy.”

“My record is to be concerned about democracy all over the world. So we’ve got to do everything we can. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be the people of Venezuela who determine the future of their country, not the United States of America,” Sanders said.

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