Bernie Sanders has hired David Sirota to write speeches and act as a communications consultant for his 2020 run for the presidency. Sirota was a big backer of the socialism practiced in Venezuela, and he even called it an economic miracle. Actually, he is right. Prior to Hugo Chevez taking over the country and converting them to socialism, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in all of South America. Chavez was first elected in 1998, and just 21 years later, the country is now the most impoverished country in South America. I guess you could argue that going from the richest to the poorest in 21 years is a miracle, but one no country should want.
Sirota exhibited his devotion to Venezuela’s brand of socialism during the years of left-wing strongman Hugo Chavez, whose “brand of socialism achieved real economic gains,” according to Sihota. (RELATED: The Key To Winning In 2020 Will Be Properly Explaining Socialism, Says Bernie Sanders)
“Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of achieving,” Sirota wrote in Salon. He also argued that the Venezuelan socialism “suddenly looks like a threat to the corporate capitalism, especially when said country has valuable oil resources that global powerhouses like the United States rely on.”
Today, Venezuela appears more than ever a threat to its own citizens as food shortages and a country-wide blackout — phenomenons for which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames on America —have devastated millions of citizens.
“It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death,” said the Vermont senator, according to the Examiner. Sanders also blamed the United States for the Cold War.
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