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Senator Merkley, a Possible 2020 Candidate, Defends Socialism While Venezuelans Starve

Oregon Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley praises socialism as the people of Venezuela starve. (The Daily Signal)

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) who rose to national prominence trying to get a federal court to block the vote on the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh praised socialism while Venezuelans flee in the millions. The average Venezuelan lost over 20 pounds in 2018 due to starvation, freedom fighting protesters are beaten, jailed, and killed.

Jeff Merkley was asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett “Do you agree, Sen. Merkley, with the bottom line, America should never be a socialist country?”

Merkley first dodged Burnett’s question about socialism as he said President Trump and former House Speaker Paul Ryan of wanting to destroy social security and Medicare.

Burnett asks him “But you don’t see that as socialism, right, in terms of the word? It is a word of significance,” to which Merkley says, “It is a society coming together to increase the standard of living of our seniors. And that is pretty much the definition. And the president is attacking it.”

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What happened in Venezuela was the government nationalized many industries and had their business cronies take over parts, they kept on stealing and stealing and stealing from wealth making Venezuelans before long businesses fled Venezuela in droves, corruption and mismanagement destroyed the Venezuelan industries the government nationalized, and the government printed so much money now the inflation rate is over a million percent. As the economy worsened and as dissent grew the regime of Nicolas Maduro launched a brutal crackdown on dissent and arrested countless opposition leaders. Elected Democrat members of Congress already have been threatening dissenters like CJ Pearson, and who like Cory Booker, Maxine Waters, and Eric Holder all call for violence against their opponents. The actions the world is seeing from the left is far more radical than the most hardline thing Hugo Chavez or his allies said in the 1990s before he took power.

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