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Sanders Won’t Recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s Leader Or Call for Maduro to Step Down

"I think the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure there is a free and fair election in Venezuela..."

By NTK Staff | 02.21.2019 @1:15pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would not recognize Juan Guaidó as the rightful leader of Venezuela or call for Nicolás Maduro to step down during an interview with Jorge Ramos on Univision’s “Al Punto” that aired on Tuesday.

Venezuela is currently in a constitutional crisis, as both Guaidó and Maduro claim to have won the country’s recent election.

Ramos asked Sanders if he considered Guaidó to be the legitimate president of Venezuela.

“No, I think what has to happen right now, I think that there are serious questions about the recent election. There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election, and I think the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure there is a free and fair election in Venezuela,” Sanders said.

Ramos followed up by asking Sanders whether Maduro should step down.

“I think clearly he has been very, very abusive. That is a decision of the Venezuelan people. So I think, Jorge, there’s got to be a free and fair election,” Sanders said.

Slate published a piece on Wednesday highlighting Sanders affinity for “Latin American strongmen” after Sanders’ interview with Ramos.

According to Slate:

“This isn’t the first time Sanders has chosen to tiptoe around Latin America’s despotic leftist regimes. In the ’80s, Sanders traveled to Nicaragua. Upon his return, he repeatedly defended the Sandinistas and their leader, Daniel Ortega. (Michael Moynihan offers an excellent overview of Sanders and Nicaragua here.) Sanders’ enthusiasm for both Ortega and the Castro regime in Cuba came back to haunt him during the 2016 presidential campaign. Three years ago, during a primary debate against Hillary Clinton hosted by Univision and the Washington Post in Miami, Sanders was shown a video shot in 1985 while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in which he spoke about Nicaragua and enthusiastically described how Fidel Castro had “totally transformed” Cuban society, providing education and health care. After Univision anchor María Elena Salinas followed up, Sanders acknowledged Cuba as an “authoritarian, undemocratic country” but then proceeded to praise the Castro regime, again, for its “advances in health care” (a dubious claim at best).”

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