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Bernie Sanders Gets BLASTED By Followers After Tweeting Support For Humanitarian Efforts In Venezuela

By  Emily Zanotti

Self-declared “socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got blasted by his followers on Twitter this weekend after tweeting out lukewarm support for humanitarian efforts aimed at citizens of Venezuela, and encouraging another socialist, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, to allow shipments of food and medical supplies to enter the country.

Maduro is struggling to hold on to power in Venezuela, as protesters rally behind opposition leader and “President-in-exile,” Juan Guaidó, who says Maduro’s summer re-election was rigged, making him an illegitimate leader. Over the weekend, Maduro blocked off roads leading in and out of Venezuela in order to prevent $20 million in aid shipments from reaching Venezuelan citizens, triggering violence between riot police and protesters at several border checkpoints that left five people dead and more than 300 injured.

“The people of Venezuela are enduring a serious humanitarian crisis. The Maduro government must put the needs of its people first, allow humanitarian aid into the country, and refrain from violence against protesters,” Sanders tweeted.

The tweet was somewhat ironic, of course. Sanders supports socialist governments and has, in the past, expressed admiration for Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, whose rule led to the horrors now being experienced by Venezuelan citizens, quipping that “these days the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina.”

His tweet essentially admits that, eventually, socialism fails.

But Sanders’ latest comments didn’t fly with his socialist followers, either, given that they still maintain Maduro is being set up and that the United States intends to use the aid shipments as a way of sneaking weapons and assistance to anti-Maduro forces, undermining the socialist paradise they value so deeply.

Roger Waters (yep, of Pink Floyd) led the way.

“Bernie, are you f-ing kidding me! if you buy the Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Rubio line, “humanitarian intervention” and collude in the destruction of Venezuela, you cannot be credible candidate for President of the USA. Or, maybe you can, maybe you’re the perfect stooge for the 1 %,” Waters tweeted at Sanders.

Journalist Michael Tracey piled on: “Imagine being Bernie Sanders and thinking Mike Pence, John Bolton, and Elliott Abrams are innocently committed to alleviating the humanitarian plight of the Venezuelan people, and that the ‘food and medicine’ they’re sending has no ulterior motive.”

Journalist Abby Martin: “you know better than to endorse a stunt led by war criminals who have snuck weapons in aid shipments in the past. This stance will not make democrats like you more and will only lose you support from socialists,” she tweeted.

Foreign policy “expert,” Max Blumenthal, mused: “A sad commentary on US politics that the country’s most prominent self-proclaimed socialist feels compelled to feed into an interventionist narrative crafted by the Trump administration.”

The conspiracies, of course, get weirder and less logical than that (if you can believe it). A handful of Sanders supporters tried to chime in, pointing out that Maduro is essentially starving his own people, that nearly 10% of all Venezuelans are undernourished, that foreign aid is desperately needed, and that inflation within the country has skyrocketed, making its currency nearly valueless.

Sanders has not apologized or clarified his tweet.

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