Sanders Still Won’t Call Maduro a Dictator: ‘There Are Still Democratic Operations’ in Venezuela

Washington Free Beacon | 2/25/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) continued his streak of not calling Venezuelan autocratic leader Nicolas Maduro a dictator, saying Monday that there are still "democratic operations" in Venezuela.

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Sanders, who announced last week he's running for president, participated in a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C., with host Wolf Blitzer. The CNN host asked him why he stopped short of calling Maduro a dictator in an interview last week.

"Well, I think it's fair to say that the last election was undemocratic, but there are still democratic operations taking place in that country. The point is what I'm calling for right now is internationally supervised, free elections," Sanders said.

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Shortly before the town hall, Univision News announced on Twitter that one of their teams and anchor Jorge Ramos were "being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated."

Univision News later reported that Ramos and the team were released.

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Sanders, who caucuses with the Senate Democrats, went on to attack President Donald Trump for being "selective" when it comes to his concerns about democracy...
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