Liberal Dems fret over ‘US backed coup’ in Venezuela against socialist dictator Maduro

Fox News | 1/30/2019 | Adam Shaw
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Several liberal Democrats are speaking out against the Trump administration's stance against Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro -- even describing the support for opposition leader Juan Guaido as a “US backed coup” -- despite bipartisan support elsewhere for the administration's actions.

The Trump administration announced last week that it was formally recognizing Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader, and this week announced billions of dollars in sanctions against Maduro and the state-owned oil company.

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Republicans and some Democrats have backed Trump’s move, noting the appalling human rights conditions in the country as well as the dire economic situation fueled by Maduro’s socialist policies.

But despite the deepening crisis under Maduro, some left-wing Democrats suggest the U.S. stance here is tantamount to America's support for right-wing Latin American dictators in the '70s and '80s. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who ran in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, criticized Maduro for wrecking the economy, attacking protesters and violating the constitution -- but expressed concern about U.S. actions.

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“However, we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups – as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic,” he said in a statement. “The United States has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American countries; we must not go down that road again."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who has a history of opposing U.S. intervention in places such as Syria, said the U.S. should “stay out of Venezuela.”

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“We don't want other countries to choose our leaders--so we have to stop trying to choose theirs,” she said.

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., went further than Sanders and Gabbard and accused Trump...
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