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7 Leftists Siding With Tyranny in Venezuela

2014 February 24
by LotM Editor

Venezuela is in turmoil as students protest the destruction caused to their country by years of socialist rule and Nicolas Maduro – the hand picked successor to Chavismo – responds with violence and further oppression, all the while blaming and jailing his political opponents. Many see the situation for what it is, but plenty on the left have thrown their lot in with Venezuelan socialism, with some even doubling down in recent days despite ongoing events.

Here are 7 leftists that side with tyranny and oppression in Venezuela:

Oliver Stone: When Hugo Chavez died, Oliver Stone mourned him as “a great hero to the majority of his people.” Now, he claims protesters are “sore losers,” and compared them to Republicans “trying to block, criticize, destroy any attempt at negotiation.”

Jimmy Carter: The former Democratic President marked Chavez’s passing with a glowing statement about “a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized.” Carter offered only vague and perfunctory acknowledgement that ” we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government,” before assuring that “we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.”

Jesse Jackson: Delivering a prayer at Chavez’s state funeral, Jackson called him a “great leader” who “fed the hungry,” “lifted the poor,” and “raised their hopes.” He also blessed Nicolas Maduro “as he picks up the baton and makes a great nation greater.”

Danny Glover: Glover called Hugo Chavez “a social champion for democracy,” and later gushed that Chavez “was not only my friend, he was my brother,” comparing him to Nelson Mandela.

Jose Serrano: Democratic Rep. Serrano tweeted after Chavez’s death that he “was a leader that understood the needs of the poor.”

Sean Penn: Penn said that “poor people around the world lost a champion” with the passing of Chavez. Not to worry, he assured that “Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro.”

Mark Lloyd: The Obama appointed diversity czar at the FCC praised Chavez’s “incredible revolution – a democratic revolution – to begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.”