Once an idea settles into the mind of Donald Trump, he does not let it go. That is why it helps to pay attention to his seemingly off-the-cuff statements. He recently urged the people of Venezuela “to act together as one united people” to overthrow the President Nicolás Maduro regime. Is he setting the U.S. up for military action?
After his speech at Miami’s Florida International University to primarily Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants., POTUS tweeted about it. Then, he posted a video of part that speech, denouncing socialism:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2019
This is Trump’s tweet urging the people to rise up against a socialist regime. However, this was not Democratic socialism. In Venezuela, it truly has been an authoritarian “nightmare of poverty, hunger, and death:”
‘I ask every member of the Maduro regime: End this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death. LET YOUR PEOPLE GO. Set your country free! Now is the time for all Venezuelan Patriots to act together, as one united people. Nothing could be better for the future of Venezuela!’
What involvement does Trump imagine for the U.S. military? Venezuela had a presidential election, and the authoritarian president of the country lost. Still, the loser refused to leave his post. Dozens of countries, including America, have recognized the winner, Juan Guaido, as president.
The president of these United States called the old Venezuelan government a “failed dictatorship and a “Cuban puppet:”
‘We know who they are and we know where they keep the billions of dollars they have stolen.
‘They (protesters) are risking their future, they are risking their lives and Venezuela’s future for a man controlled by the Cuban military and protected by a private army of Cuban soldiers.’
Trump claimed that this was the “twilight hour” for socialism on the continent. Interesting, give that the Democratic party have moved closer to a fairness for everyone form of Democratic socialism.
Twitter world went wild after Trump’s tweets. Check out some of our favorite responses below:
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