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Wolf Blitzer Presses Bernie Sanders: Why Haven’t You Called Maduro a Dictator?

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer confronted Senator Bernie Sanders tonight for not saying directly whether he considers Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro a dictator.

American University student Schanelle Saldanha asked Sanders about the crisis in Venezuela and whether he has “a clear position on U.S. intervention overseas, both economically and militarily, for nations that are under the regimes of these oppressive dictators.”

Sanders said this in response:

“I’m old enough to remember the war in Vietnam, and as active as I could was trying to keep the United States from going to war in Iraq. I was in the Congress at that point. And I am very fearful of the United States continuing to do what it has done in the past, as you know, or may know, the United States overthrew a democratically-elected government in Chile, and in Brazil, and in Guatemala, and in other countries around the world, so as someone who fervently believes in human rights and democracy, we have got to do everything that we can, but I think sometimes you have unintended consequences when a powerful nation goes in and tells people who their government will be.”

After Sanders affirmed that he opposes military intervention, Blitzer jumped in and asked, “Why have you stopped short of calling Maduro of Venezuela a dictator?”

“I think it’s fair to say that the last election was undemocratic,” Sanders said. “But there are still democratic operations taking place in their country. The point is, what I am calling for right now is internationally supervised free elections.”

He went on to swipe at President Donald Trump for caring about Venezuela but not Saudi Arabia, calling his concerns about democracy very selective.

You can watch above, via CNN.

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