Trump’s Venezuela coup, Democratic criticism and silence


This 26 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ro Khanna SLAMS Politicians Supporting Coup In Venezuela

Ro Khanna is taking the lead in opposing the United States’ desire for a coup in Venezuela. Michael Brooks and the Majority Report crew discuss this.

From In These Times in the USA:

January 24, 2019

Where Are Democratic 2020 Hopefuls on the Trump-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela?

… Earlier: Every major Democrat or progressive who has declared—or is expected to declare—his or her candidacy for U.S. president has been silent in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that President Donald Trump will recognize Venezuela’s National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as the interim president.

In These Times requested comment from Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), … Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)—but received no response. An email sent to Beto O’Rourke, a former Representative of Texas, bounced. Not a single top 2020 presidential hopeful on the Democrat side has released a statement—or even tweeted—about the development. …

Brazil, one of the [right-wing Latin American governments’ Lima] group’s member nations, has ramped up its opposition to [venezuelan President] Maduro after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated at the start of January. Bolsonaro met with exiled Venezuelan opposition leaders and threatened Maduro that he would do “everything for democracy to be re-established.”

In spite of the [Venezuelan] Assembly’s support from right-wing governments, several Democratic legislators joined Trump in denouncing Maduro’s presidency. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) released a statement praising Trump for “appropriately” recognizing Guaidó, and several House Democrats announced in a video that they will introduce legislation to “support the people of Venezuela and hold the illegitimate President accountable for the crisis he created.” On Thursday, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called recognizing Guaido, “an appropriate step”.

So far, Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have expressed opposition to Trump’s declaration.

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a response to Durbin from Khanna that reiterated his opposition to both his regime change and Trump’s sanctions while supporting “Uruguay, Mexico, & (sic.) the Vatican’s efforts for a negotiated settlement.”

Why Far-Right Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro Are Backing the Attempted Venezuelan Coup. The United States and Brazil are coordinating with right-wing governments across Latin America to declare Juan Guaidó president: here.

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