Shalala (D) Slams Sanders for Having Soft Spot for Venezuelan Dictator: ‘Maduro is a Dictator and Must Go’

Washington Free Beacon | 2/22/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Rep. Donna Shalala (D., Fla.) on Thursday slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for not calling on Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to step down, saying, "Maduro is a dictator and must go."

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"I’ll make it clear, @SenSanders does not reflect the majority of the Democratic Party and our support for Venezuela’s interim president @jguaido and the Venezuelan people. Maduro is a dictator and must go," Shalala tweeted.

Shalala's tweet was in response to an interview on Tuesday where Univision's Jorge Ramos asked Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, whether he considers National Assembly president Juan Guaido the legitimate president of Venezuela.

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"No. I think what has to happen right now—I think there are serious questions about the recent election. There are many people who feel it was a fraudulent election, and I think the United States has got to work with the international community to make sure that there is a free and fair election in Venezuela," Sanders responded.

Ramos followed up by pressing Sanders on whether Maduro is a dictator and if he thinks he should step down.

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"I think clearly he has been very, very abusive. That is a decision of the Venezuelan people, so I think, Jorge, there's got to be a free and fair election," Sanders said.

In addition to her tweet, Shalala told Politico that Sanders "is not going to be the nominee of the Democratic Party" and that he "has demonstrated again that he does not understand this situation."

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"I absolutely disagree with his imprecision in not saying Maduro must...
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