“Who’s the Banana Republic Now?”
Bernie Sanders touted a now-deleted editorial claiming “the American dream is more apt to be realized” in Venezuela and other nations in South America.
The 77-year-old Vermont senator has repeatedly expressed support for the regime and system of government in Venezuela, though now he is attempting to distance himself at a time when the nation is collapsing.
In 2011, Senator Sanders published an editorial originally appearing on a site called Valley News, which has since been scrubbed. It lamented “the fact” the U.S. “wealth gap is also a race gap.”
“These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger,” the editorial claimed. “Who’s the banana republic now?”
According to Mercy Corps, 90 percent of the population in Venezuela lives in poverty, and more than half of families are unable to meet basic food needs.
The socialist country also has one of the highest crime rates in the world.
Bernie Sanders once lamented American journalists talking “about how bad a country is when people are lining up for food.”
“You know, it’s funny. Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is when people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing,” he said in an interview on August 8, 1985. “In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
That was a less-than popular view in the South Florida Venezuelan community President Donald Trump visited on Tuesday.
President Trump has taken aim at socialism and communism, and proclaimed there was “a new day” in the Western Hemisphere.
“We’re here to proclaim a new day is coming in Latin America,” President Trump said. “In Venezuela and across the Western Hemisphere socialism is dying and liberty, prosperity, and Democracy are being reborn.”