In Campaign Kick-Off Interview on Univision, Bernie Refuses to Call Maduro a Dictator

NewsBusters | 2/22/2019 | Staff
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Just as he did in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is once again badly tripping up in his interviews on Univision. In his latest interview with the top U.S. Spanish-language media outlet, Bernie’s evident soft spot for disastrous socialist leaders and governments in Latin America left both Univision’s viewers, and the network’s anchors, aghast.

Though on U.S. domestic political issues Univision’s leading on-air personalities have shown themselves to be reliable allies of the Democrats, when it comes to U.S. foreign policy in the region a clear and noticeably growing rift exists, particularly in relation to the Democratic Party’s ascendant Socialist wing, led by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortés.

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That rift was first evident in 2016, when an interview with Bernie Sanders by Univision’s top Los Angeles anchor, Léon Krauze, went south fast when Krauze asked Sanders to address socialism’s catastrophic failures in Latin America, and the candidate visibly clammed up.

The disconnect was evident once again this week, when Sanders patently refused to call Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro a dictator, despite the Maduro regime’s record of assasinations, torture, censorship and sociopathic strategy to use the hunger of the country’s citizens as a tool for political control.

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JORGE RAMOS, ANCHOR, UNIVISION: Before you go I want to ask about Venezuela. So is Nicolás Maduro a dictator, Senator, for you, and should he go?

BERNIE SANDERS, U.S. SENATOR, I-VERMONT: Alright, I think clearly he has been very, very abusive. That is a decision of the Venezuelan people. So I think, Jorge, there has got to be a free and fair election, but what must not happen is that the United States must not use military force and intervene again, as it has done in the past, in Latin America.

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PATRICIA JANIOT, ANCHOR, UNIVISION: Interesting. He doesn't want to call Maduro a dictator.

Even Jorge Ramos’ co-anchor, Patricia...
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