Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused the United States of using “non-democratic methods” to determine the management of Venezuela, a charge echoed by the authoritarian states backing Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime.
Ocasio-Cortez did not elaborate on what “non-democratic” methods she thought the U.S. government to be utilizing.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration recognized Juan Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela. The Trump administration did in support of a constitutional arrangement in Venezuela that was designed to neutralize potential tyranny, as Breitbart News’ national security editor Frances Martel explained (original links):
The National Assembly leader assumed the presidency of the country through the authority vested in Articles 333 and 350 of the constitution of Venezuela. Short Article 333 requires all Venezuelan people to “assume the duty of collaborating to restore the constitutional order,” while Post 350 requires Venezuelan citizens to not acknowledge as legitimate any “regime, legislation, or authority that defies the worths, principles, and democratic assurances [in the constitution], or that breaks human rights.”
After the U.S., lots of other countries did the same, consisting of Canada– governed by Liberal Justin Trudeau, a darling of the American left– along with numerous other Latin American countries, with a couple of significant exceptions. Iran, the Hezbollah terrorist group, the Palestinian Authority, Cuba, Russia, and other authoritarian routines denounced the U.S. and stood behind Maduro.
Ocasio-Cortez, a “democratic socialist,” told the conservative Daily Caller on Thursday: “I think that, you understand, the humanitarian crisis [in Venezuela] is very worrying but, you know, when we utilize non-Democratic ways to identify leadership, that’s likewise worrying, too.” She included: “So, we’re figuring out our response and ensuring that we center the individuals of Venezuela initially and foremost.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a close ally of Ocasio-Cortez through the left-wing “Justice Democrats,” was widely buffooned on Thursday for knocking what she called the “US backed coup” in Venezuela, claiming that the opposition was “far right.”
An US backed coup in Venezuela is not a service to the alarming concerns they deal with. Trump’s efforts to set up a far best opposition will just prompt violence and more destabilize the region. We must support Mexico, Uruguay & the Vatican’s efforts to facilitate a tranquil discussion.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 25, 2019
Guaidó is a socialist, and his celebration belongs to the Socialist International.
In a declaration, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was more forthright, condemning Maduro’s damage of Venezuela’s democracy and economy. Still, he objected to U.S. policy as “regime modification,” overlooking Venezuela’s own constitutional process.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is likewise the co-author ofHow Trump Won: The Scoop of a Transformation, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.