President Trump shocked the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday when he said that socialism caused the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela.
Venezuela’s socialist policies have devastated the nation’s infrastructure, causing a massive increase in poverty, malnutrition, and crime.
Food shortages are such a problem in Venezuela that authorities say zoo animals have been stolen by people desperate for something to eat.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Venezuela has collapsed under the repressive socialist regime of President Nicholas Maduro. Maduro has cracked down on political opponents, held a rigged election and effectively sidelined Venezuela’s parliament, and his security forces have killed citizens at mass protests.
Starvation has gotten so bad that the government has urged citizens to eat rabbits in the midst of its food crisis. Venezuela’s turn toward socialism under Hugo Chavez and Maduro has led to the country’s woes, most economists agree, as price controls and the nationalization of private companies led to food and medicine shortages.
But throughout history, socialism has failed. Leftist extremists claim that the latest experiment failed, as it obviously would, but next time socialism will succeed. Every time communism and socialism lead to deplorable human rights violations and economic decline, leftists say it was just bad luck, or something besides socialism itself that ruined everything.
At the UN, President Trump said the truth. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
When Trump finished his sentence, there was awkward silence before a hum of muttering broke out throughout the chamber. Some people finally applauded.
“From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela,” Trump continued. “Wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. 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.”
President Trump’s first major address to the UN General Assembly also focused on North Korea’s “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles” and the fact that some countries trade with the state and “arm, supply and financially support a regime that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”
President Donald Trump took aim at socialism and left-wing ideology during his speech at the United Nations – specifically in the context of Venezuela, a socialist state currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in its history […]
“The Venezuelan people are starving, and the country is collapsing,” Trump added. “Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch. As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy.”
Trump also confirmed his priority was to help Venezuelan people “regain their freedom” […]
On Monday, Trump also held a meeting with Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, where he revealed the U.S. is prepared to “take further action” to prevent Venezuela’s democratic collapse.
The General Assembly was shocked to hear the U.S. President address the truth, rather than ignore it to avoid disagreements with countries seeking to adopt more socialist policies.
What Trump said about socialism isn’t shocking. It’s obvious. Stating the obvious, though, can silence a crowd whose usual response to humanitarian crises is denial.