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Marco Rubio Casually Slams World Leader as a ‘Clown’ and ‘Incompetent Tyrant’

Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is not a clown.

OK that may not have been the Florida Senator’s exact phraseology, but the fact remains that the Marco Rubio v. Maduro battle continues. Along with other members in the Senate, Rubio has long been an advocate for extending harsh economic and diplomatic sanctions on Venezuela and has not silenced his criticism for the Venezuelan President.

On Wednesday morning, the former Republican candidate took to Twitter to call out Maduro personally:

Despite facing a political crisis at home, Maduro warned in a speech over the weekend, “We’re as ready for an invasion as we’ve ever been.” The invasion in question — according to Maduro — would come from the United States.

The New York TimesErnesto Londoño clarified those sentiments, writing, “It goes without staying that the Obama administration has absolutely no interest in going to war with Venezuela. Rather, it’s a diversion tactic intended to deflate the effort to oust Mr. Maduro from office this year through a popular referendum.”

Rubio apparently sees right through the ruse as well, blasting the world leader further as an, “incompetent tyrant”:

A 2014 Senate bill, which was co-sponsored by Rubio and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), was aimed at taking on Venezuelan authorities who oversaw, “significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuses against persons associated with the anti government protests.” A subsequent list of 23 Venezuelan officials targeted by the sanctions was also provided. Anti-government protests in that country that began in February 2014 resulted in the death of 40 people and hundreds of arrests, a violation of human rights in the eyes of many.

Rubio led the charge last month to have those sanctions extended for another three years. At the time, Rubio said in a statement:

“Because the Maduro regime continues to violate human rights and expand its political oppression, the U.S. must continue doing our part to address this growing crisis in Venezuela. The Maduro regime’s abuses of power and violations of human rights are hurting innocent people in our hemisphere and threaten the national security interests of the United States, and we have a responsibility to stand with the Venezuelan people by extending these sanctions.”

Rubio stood on the floor of the Senate and passionately made his case against Maduro:

Last month, a government-controlled media apparatus in Venezuela claimed that it had stumbled on a “leaked document” from the United States carefully laying out an plan for invasion. Called “Venezuela Freedom-2 Operation,” the “plan” was apparently aimed at convincing the Venezuelan people of the threats posed by the U.S.

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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