Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), with her usual anti-American slant, is blaming United States “bullying” for the problems in Venezuela. But one man isn’t standing for it.
Vice President Mike Pence has come forward to condemn Omar’s comment, bluntly saying, “The congresswoman doesn’t know what she is talking about.”
What Omar said
Pence’s comments followed closely on the heels of an interview Omar did with far-left program Democracy Now!, in which she claimed that it was United States “bullying” that “help lead the devastation” of Venezuela.
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela, and we sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,” she told host Amy Goodman.
“This particular bullying,” she continued, “and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change, really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly is not in the interest of the United States.”
Pence sets Omar straight
The vice president’s strong response to Omar came during an appearance on Fox News, during which he explained the real reason for Venezuela’s troubles.
“Nicolas Maduro is a socialist dictator who has taken what was once one of the most prosperous nations in this hemisphere and brought it literally to a level of deprivation and oppression and poverty that we have never seen,” he said. “Nine out of 10 people in Venezuela live in poverty. Three million people have fled Venezuela.
“That’s not a result of U.S. policies,” he continued. “That’s a result of the dictatorship and socialism that has been imposed on the people of Venezuela by Nicolas Maduro.”
Pence also issued a statement via Twitter, saying, “As Venezuelans take to the streets to stand for their freedom against an oppressive dictator, Democrat Congresswoman @IlhanMN chooses socialism over freedom. The Trump Administration stands with the freedom-loving people of Venezuela.”
VP not alone in condemning remarks
Omar’s statement came as violence broke out in Venezuela this week after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a rebellion to be led by civilians and the military. The United States has, of course, backed Guaidó, while Russia has gotten behind president Nicolas Maduro, head of the socialist regime.
Pence was joined by others in criticizing Omar, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who said, “She’s making it up. Honestly, I don’t even feel like addressing the comment because it’s not an informed one, it’s not an intelligent one. It’s silly, It’s ridiculous, it’s actually embarrassing.”
It’s good to see top Republicans calling out Omar, but, as she has demonstrated before, it’s not going to stop her from saying such ridiculous things in the future. As a case in point, here’s how she responded to Pence: