Vice President Mike Pence Delivers Remarks in Doral, Florida, to Venezuela Exiles…

The area around Miami, Florida, is home to the largest group of Venezuela exiles in the U.S.  Today, there are two competing mass demonstrations taking place within Venezuela, supportive of both the pro-Maduro regime and the pro-Guaidó movement.

Yesterday Vice-President Mike Pence delivered a speech to a Doral, FL, audience that supports the ouster of Maduro.

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[FRIDAY] Doral, Florida – THE VICE PRESIDENT: Buenas tardes a todos! (Applause.) Thank you, Governor DeSantis; First Lady Casey DeSantis; members of Congress; Ambassador Trujillo; distinguished guests. Karen and I are so honored to join you here in this beautiful place of worship with our fellow Americans and so many proud sons and daughters of Venezuela. (Applause.)

And as I begin allow me to bring greetings from a friend of mine, and a great champion of liberty in Venezuela and all across this hemisphere of freedom. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Not long ago, on the President’s behalf, I came here to this very city to deliver a message to you. I told you that we would be with you, that America would stand for a free Venezuela.

And, today, the United States is proud to stand with the Venezuelan people. And I believe the day is coming when Venezuela will be free once more — (applause) — when Venezuela reclaims its libertad!

AUDIENCE: Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Now, on the President’s behalf, I want to thank you all — so many heroes in the room — for your tireless efforts. But let me give special thanks, before I begin, to four relentless champions of freedom for the Venezuelan people — four leaders who have been at President Trump’s side since day one, championing freedom and the restoration of democracy for the Venezuelan people. Would you join me in thanking Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Senator Rick Scott, Governor Ron DeSantis, and Senator Marco Rubio? (Applause.)

The President asked me to be here to show our unwavering commitment to the good people of Venezuela. For too long, the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression. But now there is hope. There is hope in Venezuela. Across that country, in the largest cities and the smallest towns, people are rising up in defense of their rights. And as President Trump said just last week, “the fight for freedom has begun.” (Applause.)

And to be clear: The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy, and freedom has the momentum. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go. (Applause.)

Just three weeks ago, the National Assembly –- the only legitimate elected body in Venezuela -– declared that it no longer recognized the Maduro regime. The National Assembly invoked the constitution and recognized a new leader, a man who speaks for the people of Venezuela and cherishes their rights.

And last week, as hundreds of thousands of citizens marched through the streets in the name of freedom, that leader stood before his country and took an oath “before Almighty God.” And the United States of America was proud to be the first nation on Earth to recognize the only legitimate President of Venezuela, President Juan Guaidó. (Applause.)

I spoke to Juan Guaidó the night before he took that oath, and I’ll never forget it. I marveled at his calm, his courage, and his faith. Just two days ago, President Trump spoke to President Guaidó and congratulated him on his historic assumption of the presidency of Venezuela. (Applause.) He reinforced our strong support for his leadership and for Venezuela’s fight to regain its freedom.

And the United States has made it clear: The safety and security of President Guaidó and his family are of great importance to the American people. (Applause.)

Just yesterday, Maduro threatened President Guiadó’s family, sending paramilitary police to his home. But we know that President Guaidó and the Venezuelan people will never be intimidated, and neither will we. (Applause.)

The United States is proud to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. And Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Argentina, and many other countries have followed America’s lead. All told, more than 20 nations have announced their support for President Guaidó. (Applause.)

But let me make it clear to leaders around the world: That is not enough. There can be no bystanders in the struggle for Venezuela’s freedom. The United States, today, calls on every nation to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s President, and take the side of freedom. (Applause.)

The United States has also taken action to support the National Assembly and the government of Juan Guaidó. And just this week, it was my privilege to welcome its newest representative to the White House — a man who was imprisoned twice by the Maduro regime, forced into exile here in Florida. But despite all he’s faced, he still works tirelessly to restore democracy in his homeland. Would you join me in thanking the new Ambassador to the United States of America from a free Venezuela, Ambassador Carlos Vecchio. (Applause.)

As I told Ambassador Vecchio, the National Assembly and President Guaidó have our full support because we recognize the truth that Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is destroying Venezuela. When the dictator came to power six long years ago, he promised to deliver an agenda of socialism. And sadly for the Venezuelan people, Maduro did just that.

As we gather here, Venezuela’s socialism has shrunk their economy by nearly half. More than 9 out of 10 people live in poverty, and the average Venezuelan has lost more than 20 pounds through deprivation and malnutrition. Thousands of Venezuelan children are starving at this very hour.

And rising desperation has fueled a mass exodus. More than three million Venezuelans have now abandoned their beloved country. And if things don’t get better, another two million are expected to follow them before the year is out.

And those who stay behind are subject to lawlessness and crime, as well as deprivation. Thieves in Venezuela don’t target banks; they target restaurants. Vicious gangs and government-backed cartels have turned the streets into literal warzones. Venezuela now has the second-highest murder rate in the world, and more than 70 people are slaughtered every single day.

For years, the Venezuelan people have tried to save their country in the ballot box. In 2015, they elected the National Assembly that is still Venezuela’s best hope. But in response, the dictator imprisoned his opponents, orchestrated sham elections, cracked down on protests with lethal force. In fact, in just the past two weeks, security forces have jailed more than 850 protestors, and murdered at least 40 more.

We will never forget them. We will always honor the memory of the martyrs who died for democracy in Venezuela. (Applause.)

Just a few moments ago, Karen and I had the privilege to meet with several Venezuelans who have fled in search of a better life. We heard their stories. And they told us then that they weren’t there to tell us their story; they were there to represent all of those who could not speak in this moment.

We spoke with Jose and Francis, who took their children and left their home two years ago. Jose had spoken out for freedom, placing his own life in danger.

We heard from Jesus, a former councilmember from the city of Valera. The government gangs began to target him, even telling his mother that they would murder him. He had to leave his home to save his life.

We listened to Raul, wrongly accused and imprisoned for seven years, where he was tortured by the regime and witnessed others tortured as well. He saw the murder of fellow inmates. And he spoke today on behalf of those who are still being held.

To all of these courageous men and women, to all of you who have fled Venezuela: We are with you, and I promise we will stay with you until you can safely return home to a free Venezuela. (Applause.)

Venezuela’s plight has captured not just the attention of our President and our people, it has stirred the United States of America to act. We do this because it is what justice requires. We also do this because it is in our interest, as well.

Venezuela is a failed state, and failed states know no boundaries, have no borders. A Venezuela overrun with drug smugglers, gangs, human traffickers is a danger to all people and all nations in this hemisphere.

The very crisis on our southern border today is driven, in large part, by criminal organizations that have overwhelmed countries across our hemisphere. Let me be clear: The United States of America wants every nation in our hemisphere to be a place where people can flourish and build their own futures in their own homeland. (Applause.)

And so we stand. We stand for freedom and security for the Venezuelan people. We stand for the security of both our nations. And I promise you, the United States will continue to stand with the Venezuelan people, and we will continue to stand up to their oppressors. (Applause.)

At President Trump’s direction, the United States has imposed sanctions on more than 50 current and former Venezuelan officials, targeting known drug-runners and human rights abusers, and government thieves who’ve enriched themselves by impoverishing the people.

And since oil is the lifeblood of that corrupt regime, this week the United States of America sanctioned Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. Venezuela’s oil belongs with the Venezuelan people. (Applause.)

And you can be assured the United States will always support the Venezuelan people as they work to restore a constitutional government and hold free and transparent elections. But let’s be clear: This is no time for dialogue; this is time for action. (Applause.) And the time has come to end the Maduro dictatorship once and for all. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: To that end, the United States will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure to bring about a peaceful transition to democracy.

But those looking on should know this: All options are on the table. (Applause.) And Nicolas Maduro would do well not to test the resolve of the United States of America. (Applause.)

Maduro’s tyranny must end, and it must end now. But as the Venezuelan people know, their oppressors do not act alone. Under President Donald Trump, the United States has also stood up to those who have aided and abetted the dictatorship in Venezuela. The truth is, the dictator has lost the support of his people, and even now is beginning to lose the support of his military. The only way he clings to power is with the help that he receives from communist Cuba. (Applause.)

The people of Venezuela know Cuba’s leaders are the real imperialists in the western hemisphere. (Applause.) The truth has to be told. For decades, Cuba has tried to create client states across the region. While normal countries export goods, Cuba exports tyranny and strong-arm tactics. Cuba’s influence has driven Venezuela’s failure, and the time has come to liberate Venezuela from Cuba. (Applause.)

Cuba’s malign influence is evident in Venezuela, and also in Nicaragua, where the regime of Daniel Ortega is oppressing the people and denying their basic rights. (Applause.) That’s just one more reason why President Trump kept his promise when he reversed the failed policies of the last administration toward Cuba, because the Cuban people have the same birthright of liberty that God gave us all.

Venezuela deserves to be free. Nicaragua deserves to be free. And in this White House, under this President, it will always be Que Viva Cuba Libre! (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE VICE PRESIDENT: In addition to the strong actions President Trump has taken — economic and diplomatic efforts — I want to assure all of you that America has also been there for the Venezuelan people, over $100 million in humanitarian support so far.

You know, Karen and I saw firsthand the hardship facing families who’ve fled the collapse of Venezuela when we travelled through the region last year. Like the grandmother my wife and I met in Cartagena, Colombia. She literally gathered her four grandchildren with her because she told me how it had gotten so bad in their small town in Venezuela that the children had to rise at four in the morning to gain a ticket to buy one piece of bread at four in the afternoon. So she gathered up her grandchildren and she made the journey to Colombia.

We gathered with families in Manaus, Brazil. And I’ll never forget the father, with his two little boys at his side looking up, who told me how hard it was, and how many times he had to tell those boys, “We’re not going to eat today.”

Let me assure them and you: The United States of America stands ready to deliver humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people in Venezuela, as well. (Applause.)

We are prepared to work with the legitimate government of Venezuela, the National Assembly, and President Guaidó. The American people will marshal our resources and the resources of nations around the world to provide millions in humanitarian relief.

The truth is, it is unconscionable that Maduro himself has publicly refused to accept even a penny from America or the wider world in the form of humanitarian relief for his people.

The truth is, every day the dictator remains in power is another day of starvation and suffering. For the sake of the men, women, and children of Venezuela, Maduro must go. (Applause.)

Thank you all for being here today. We’re truly honored by your presence and your support. You know, freedom springs from the hearts of all the people of across this New World, doesn’t it? And in the words of Simón Bolivar, “A people that loves freedom will, in the end, be free.” (Applause.) And we believe that.

Tomorrow, for the second time this week, from the shores of the Caribbean to the streets of Caracas, to the foothills of the Andes, the Venezuelan people will rise again in peaceful protest. They will speak again with one voice, as one movement, with one purpose as they take to the streets to demand their rights, and the United States of America will stand with them. (Applause.)

And to them we say, as you make your voices heard tomorrow, on behalf of the President of the United States and the American people, we say to all the good people of Venezuela: Estamos con ustedes. We are with you, we stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored. (Applause.)

And we also say from our hearts that as you take to the streets again, know that you do not go alone. You go with the support of the American people and with freedom-loving people all across the world. And you also go, I believe with all of my heart, with the author of freedom, who said, “Do not be afraid; stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today… for where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (Applause.)

With faith in that great promise, faith in all who have joined us in this hemisphere of freedom, with faith in the courage and strength of the Venezuelan people, and the generosity and strength of the American people, I believe with all my heart: The day is coming soon when Venezuela will once more be free, when her people will see a “new birth of freedom,” in a nation reborn to libertad.

So to the good people of Venezuela: As you go to seek your freedom, we go with you. You go with God. Vayan con Dios. God bless you, God bless the good people of Venezuela, and God bless the United States of America.

END

Today in Venezuela:

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53 Responses to Vice President Mike Pence Delivers Remarks in Doral, Florida, to Venezuela Exiles…

  1. soozword says:

    Ay, la primera aqui!

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  2. amwick says:

    I am reading stuff on twitter about Marines in Colombia. hmmmmm, probably bs.. but I wonder.

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  3. covfefe999 says:

    The Dems go into a panic when they see something like this. They are totally losing hispanics. And the GOP isn’t just courting hispanics superficially, the GOP (well, Trump mostly) is actually doing stuff to benefit hispanics. Real stuff, not handouts to keep them on the plantation.

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    • SteveC says:

      Trump is courting Americans, things that benefit all Americans. 🙂

      Liked by 11 people

      • covfefe999 says:

        And helping Venezuelans in Venezuela is impresive not only to those Venezeulans but to the ones who are here as well. It’s all good. Doing the right thing is winning Trump friends. His popularity among blacks is still low but higher than when he was elected, and his popularity among hispanics last time I checked was over 50%.

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  4. Fools Gold says:

    If Venezuela folks want dictators and socialism they must go home and live under it. I’m sure we’ll provide one way flights. I’d even support a go fund me for them to leave.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Well, they are not the only ones who elect bad people. We suffered under 8 years of idiot Barry.

      Liked by 11 people

      • Fools Gold says:

        Well I sure as heck wasn’t part of that zero crowd. In fact I’ve never voted for a dim ever.

        Liked by 2 people

        • H.R. says:

          Unbelievably, I voted for a Dem once and only once. I voted for Jimmah Cahter, who was running as a religious fundamentalist/peanut farmer/businessman/outsider and was the man who would streamline D.C., cutting the useless bureaucracies. (Ha! How many did he create?!?)

          Then the killer rabbit attacked him while he was canoeing, all while the SS looked on helplessly… (Sadz… that was his downfall… insert pouting face here… OK… maybe there were other factors.)

          By then I had the sense to vote for Reagan in the next election.

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          • covfefe999 says:

            I voted for Bubba Clinton.

            Liked by 1 person

          • USMCLt says:

            I might have made the same mistake, had I not just been getting home from a deployment. I was not a big Ford fan, but Carter turned out to be so much worse. Two years of Carter helped convince me to resign my commission. It was not looking to be a viable career choice. Many, many more just like me back then.

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        • covfefe999 says:

          Fools, I totally believe you. My point though was that people get elected into these high positions because enough people vote for them, don’t blame all Venezuelans.

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        • bentley1blog says:

          fools gold…Ditto

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    • jmuniz1 says:

      I live in Miami and if Marco Rubio and Diaz-Balart are involved it’s not good. Most republicans have finally figured out the Diaz-Balart who combined with his brother who is a liberal talk show host have served in Congress for over 20 years as Republicans are related to Castro. They are going to run someone against Balart in 2020. Rubio, Ted Cruz, and New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez from New Jersey are all Castro boys so is Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Truedue. This smells bad to me our President needs to take a good look at what’s going on before he acts. I know Rubio and Balart did not vote for him so he should not trust them. The Venezuelans in Miami are 70 percent Dems and voted for Clinton in big numbers so it’s not going to help our Presidents base. However, if things go bad it will hurt him. I’m a conservative I know Rubio and I voted for democrat Patrick Murphy because he was the last of the blue dog Dems in Florida and endorsed our President. I never voted for Rubio he was a horrible speaker of the house and a horrible senator. He is responsible for agenda-21 clerk of the Miami-Dade courts Harvey Ruvin who is responsible for stealing land from people in South Florida. Look up on Facebook Miami Land grab. I pray I’m wrong but they have been undermining our President from the get go.

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  5. Ausonius says:

    Is there video and audio of the Venezuelan refugees chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” ?

    It needs to be used in every Blue State, on every T.V. channel, along with the Vice-President’s line about how Maduro successfully implemented 6 years of Socialism!

    The Republicans will REALLY be known as THE STOOOPID PARTY if they make no or only little use of this opportunity.

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  6. covfefe999 says:

    Nice speech! Very powerful, very firm.

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  7. jmuniz1 says:

    The New President elect Geudo or whatever his name is a member of the Democratic socilaist party whose belifs are the same as that crazy Ocasio chick from New York. If you want a free country get a better canidate. Cliff Kincade from news with views has a great article about the situation. If Rubio and Diaz- Balart support him look out. Diaz Balart is related to the Castro family in Cuba evrryone in Miami knows this and are working to defeat in 2020.I thought this was supposed to be a Populus campaign. I dont see it. Our President Must stick to his building of the wall and remove us from the Bush Koch TPP trade deal that both Rubio and Diaz Balart voted for Aka Obamatrade because the next democrat will finish of the country. He must use his Consituional Powers and build a wall because the next democrat will finish off the country.

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  8. tonyE says:

    A few years ago, we were eating paella at La Española in Long Beach. My mom and other visiting family were with us.

    At the table next to us were some Cuban Americans from Miami and a couple from Cuba proper. These women were drunk and loud and they kept saying how things were much better in Cuba. My mom wanted to kill them.

    I was this close to pulling a Juan Carlos on them -just like the King did to Chavez-. Shut up!

    But, before I said this, the woman at that table nearest my mom, who had been overhearing us talk, leaned over and ask my mom if we were Spanish.

    My dear mom, whom I dearly love… replied in Catalan: “No we are Catalans”… and gave her one of those very dismissive looks…

    I love my mom.

    If the Cubans like Cuba so much? If the Venezuelans like Venezuela so much? What the F#$%% are they doing in the US?

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    • G. Combs says:

      If the Cubans like Cuba so much? If the Venezuelans like Venezuela so much? What the F#$%% are they doing in the US?

      That was EXACTLY what I was thinking.

      You LIKE SOCIALISM? THEN GO HOME!!! Don’t try to bring your broken system here!

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Maduro was elected in 2013. Some Venezuelans fled, but there are many more who have stayed. Don’t condemn them, Venezeula was never stable like the US is. They are eager to improve their country. Helping them is a good thing.

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      • tonyE says:

        Non sequitur.

        The point is… if we have Venezuelans and Cubans living in the US who think that the socialist regimes back in their home countries are better than what we have here in the US.

        Why are they here in the US. Perhaps voting for the Commies?

        Commie… Go Home.

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        • covfefe999 says:

          if we have Venezuelans and Cubans living in the US who think that the socialist regimes back in their home countries are better than what we have here in the US.

          It’s my understanding that the Venezuelans and Cubans who are here in the US do NOT like the regimes in their home countries.

          You know, the blanket “Commie Go Home” applied to any people who are here who came from another country is the reason why Trump supporters or Republicans in general are labelled racist or xenophobic. You’re hurting our own cause.

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  9. thegoosefish says:

    Viva Trump!

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  10. dogsmaw says:

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  11. dogsmaw says:

    A lot of video on this tweeter’s site.

    I have no idea what they are saying…hope its not bad 😛

    https://twitter.com/Gbastidas

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    • covfefe999 says:

      OK, so the latest one is the Venezuelan Ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Delfi Velasco Ramírez sides with Maduro. Probably as corrupt as Maduro is, worried that the party is over for him.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        The rest, what I can understand why I think is most of it, looks good. Potentially dangerous situation though if the military decides to squelch the protest. I hope Guaido has good protection.

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  12. SwampRatTerrier says:

    OF course the pro-Maduro protest is the FAKE ONE.

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  13. annieoakley says:

    No Marines. You all fix your own Damn Country. You let your leaders steal your guns and promise Utopia. It isn’t working out? Not MY PROBLEM. The US has problems of its own and they are not insignificant.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      We’re going to keep Cuba, Russia, or China from taking control, that’s what I understand.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        Over years, Havana received subsidized oil from Caracas and Cubans have assumed sensitive posts in Venezuela’s government. The daily intelligence briefing Maduro, himself educated in Havana, receives isn’t prepared by Venezuelans but by Cuban intelligence operatives. Yet as deeply entrenched as Cuba remains, Maduro’s departure would rapidly undermine its position.

        Russia and China both seem to be hedging their bets, disappointed themselves at Maduro’s leadership and hoping to preserve their economic and political influence in the country in any case. Those include considerable Russia holdings in the Venezuelan energy market – and some $50 billion that China has extended in loans to Venezuela over the past dozen years, with some $20 billion still owed. (some MSM source, I forgot!)

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      • Cisco says:

        Those are the 3 countries that still recognize Maduro as Venezuela’s president.
        And I think Boliva too.
        Russia, China and Cuba…
        The picture can’t be any clearer.

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  14. WES says:

    Poor little Maduro’s mafia must be feeling some sudden financial pain these days!

    They have been forced to raise the official bank’s Bolivar/US dollar exchange rate higher than the black market’s rate!

    Now Maduro’s mafia can no longer buy US dollars at the low artificial official exchange rate and then turn around and sell the same US dollar at the higher black market exchange rate making an instant killing!

    So if your a socialist, man that must really hurt!

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  15. Carson Napier says:

    If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.
    – Lewis Carroll

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  16. Suite D says:

    Whoever writes these speeches for Pres. Trump and VP Pence should get a raise. They are brilliant! And they always speak the truth which gives them such great strength. Telling the truth always makes giving the speeches a lot easier. MAGA/KAG!!!

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  17. Shop says:

    The propaganda war of the Venezuelan rallies is on.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-02/dueling-rallies-engulf-venezuela-maduro-attempts-election-concessions

    But one set of rallies is not being covered here in the US at all. Gilets Jaunes in France are now in their 11th week of protests all over France. But where are neocons Pompeo & Bolton calling for regime change in France?

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  18. aProvider says:

    Audio barely audible. And let’s see if the USA/ State Dept. has any balls. I still remember Hungary in 1956 and Iran a few years ago. It takes more than a speech or the feckless United Nations to accomplish a regime change.

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  19. Zippy says:

    Q: What did socialist countries use before candles.
    A: Light bulbs.

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  20. Zippy says:

    Not that I support Maduro in ANY way, but the revolt currently taking place in Venezuela is not constitutionally valid as is the impression given in the media and by the WH:

    Call U.S. Move on Venezuela What It Is: Regime Change
    The legal justification used by the State Department to recognize the opposition leader doesn’t hold water.
    24 Jan 2019

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-24/u-s-recognition-of-venezuela-s-guaido-is-disguised-regime-change

    The official State Department declaration of recognition for Guaidó cites Article 233 of the Venezuelan charter, one of the world’s longest. Beyond that, it doesn’t give much legal justification.

    In fact, Venezuela’s constitution doesn’t allow for impeachment by the National Assembly, of which Guaidó is the leader. Instead, it specifies that the president can be recalled by popular vote.

    Article 233 doesn’t say that the assembly can remove the president. It just says that the president of the National Assembly can fill the office of the presidency for 30 days if the president “shall become permanently unavailable to serve.” It lists the bases for permanent unavailability, which include removal from office by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, physical or mental disability, or abandonment of office.

    None of those conditions has been met. In an op-ed article in the Washington Post, Guaidó offered the brief argument that “there’s no legitimately elected president,” presumably because Maduro’s election was tainted. But nothing in the constitution says that that decision is up to Guaidó or the National Assembly.

    Guaidó also cited two other articles of the constitution, 333 and 350. The first calls on citizens to restore the constitution if it isn’t being followed. That’s more a nice sentiment than a legal duty. The second calls on the people to reject a government that violates democratic values and human rights — ditto.

    The State Department didn’t consider these other constitutional arguments even worth a mention, which tells you something about their weakness.

    In the extreme case, you can imagine U.S. opponents announcing that Trump isn’t president, because they think he’s guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors — even though he hasn’t been impeached by the House and removed by the Senate. Those are, after all, just procedures — like the procedures of the Venezuelan constitution that the American declaration flouts.

    To be sure, declaring that Trump wasn’t the president would put a country at odds with the U.S. Americans would consider it an effort at regime change.

    That’s exactly what the U.S. is doing in Venezuela. Everyone in Venezuela knows it, whether they support Maduro or Guaidó. In this case, we would all be better off with the truth.

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