WATCH: Lawmaker Dares Bernie Sanders to Visit Socialist Venezuela With No Bodyguards

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Bernie Sanders, as is commonly known now, has been espousing the notion that socialism, i.e., communism, is a wonderful way of government. Considering how easy it is to find countries on the planet that are currently dominated by socialist policies, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to expect him to take a little jaunt to a country where it’s the standard and see for himself how awesome it is (NOT!!).

Venezuela is a prime example of a country that is reeling from a dictatorship with a regime that only maintains its power by sheer force and fear, with the typically huge division between the ultra-rich and the rest of the people who are having to resort to dumpster diving and garbage truck raids to stay alive. The infrastructure is in shambles, and the people are up in arms over the conditions. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to live? Bernie should pay them a little visit and see how long he would survive under the conditions prevalent in his utopian society.

From the Blaze:

A Venezuelan assemblyman, currently in exile from socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime, has issued a challenge to presidential candidate and democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — daring the senator to take a week strolling through the streets of Venezuela without bodyguards and report back what he sees.

Video journalist Nicholas Ballasy approached Venezuelan assemblyman Jose Guerra on Tuesday, and asked the lawmaker what message he has for American politicians such as Sanders “who do not label Maduro a dictator.”

“Maybe they misunderstand what is going on in Venezuela,” Guerra replied. “It’s a dictatorship. There’s no power separation. There’s more than 400 political prisoners. They are persecuted, like me. And it’s a new dictatorship, but it’s a dictatorship, in fact.”

Ballasy went on to tell Guerra that activist Jesse Jackson has actually come to the defense of Maduro, and added that both Jackson and Sanders appear reluctant to speak publicly about what is going on in the socialist country.

“I don’t know that Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders know in a very good way what is going on in Venezuela,” Guerra said, before adding, “I suggest Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards, and go [take] to the street [with his] cell phone to [see] what’s going on.”

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