Brian Thomas reports President Donald Trump said socialism caused the humanitarian and economic disaster in Venezuela while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, and Venezuela has responded with condemnation.
For anyone but supporters of the socialist regime that quickly ruined Venezuela’s economy and drastically increased poverty and hunger in the country, Trump was only stating the obvious. We reported on Trump’s speech here.
According to Agence France-Presse, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorje Arreaza quickly responded by saying Trump’s condemnation of socialism was “racist and supremacist theory.”
According to the foreign minister, if someone doesn’t support socialism in Venezuela, they must be a racist. Are the Venezuelan people, protesting in desperation for a change, also racists?
Arreaza’s complaint of “racist and supremacist theory” is a pathetic and embarrassing defense of the policies that ruined his country.
Arreaza, who served as Minister of Science and Technology during the reign of Hugo Chavez and currently serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs, complained that President Trump spoke more like an army general than a diplomat, yet Arreaza spoke more like a child who raised his hand in class without knowing the answer than a reasonable man.
He went on to complain that “for a moment we didn’t know if we were listening to president Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017.”
President Reagan faithfully condemned communism and socialism and stood against humanitarian atrocities such as the Berlin Wall, but Arreaza meant his words as an insult to President Trump, rather than praise.
From Agence France-Presse:
“This racist and supremacist theory which he’s exposing, this return to the Cold War, for a moment we didn’t know if we were listening to president Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said.
“We do not accept threats from President Trump or whoever in the world. We are people of peace — peaceful people — and we want relations of mutual respect,” Arreaza told reporters at the United Nations.
He called Trump’s first speech at the United Nations “sad for the world,” saying he “talked as a general of the army, to invade other countries.”
In his speech, Trump called the situation in Venezuela “completely unacceptable” and called for help so the country’s people can “regain their freedom, recover their country and restore their democracy.”
“The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people,” Trump said.
Pleaase note that Trump’s promise to hold the Venezuelan regime accountable and oppose authoritarian rule doesn’t qualify as a “threat” against anyone in Venezuela but the government that steered the country into ruin. For the Venezeulan people suffering under that ruin, Trump’s words mean America hasn’t forgotten you.
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” Trump said at the General Assembly. “Those who preach the tenants of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with ever person living under a brutal regime.”
If Arreaza wants to call the socialist regime “peaceful,” then those in power should have “mutual respect” for their own citizens and return individual rights to the people.
They should abandon the “sad for the world” policies they defend, particularly those which are sad for Venezuelans.
If they believe their citizens are a peaceful people, the country should favor recovery over the rule of socialism before Venezuela sinks further into catastrophe.