Venezuela is on fire right now, and instead of condemning illegitimate socialist President Nicolás Maduro for the inhumane conditions and violent treatment of innocent Venezuelan people, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pointed her ire in a different direction: the United States.

The freshman Congresswoman appeared on a segment of the far left PBS program “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday and was asked about the situation in the South American country by interviewer Amy Goodman, who characterized what was happening as a “US-supported coup attempt.”

Here’s what Omar had to say:

In the appearance, Omar said that the U.S. had helped put in place many of the policies that have “helped lead the devastation” in the South American country.

“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela,” Omar told host Amy Goodman on Wednesday. “This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.”

Watch the video of Omar’s answer below:

Nikky Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, went nuclear in her response:

As Kassy Dillon at Daily Wire points out, Haley’s creds on this matter are unquestionable:

While serving at the U.N., Haley was a frequent critic of the socialist Maduro regime. In September, she even showed up to an anti-Maduro protest outside the U.N. and spoke to protestors with a megaphone.

“We need your voices to be loud, and I will tell you going to tell you the United States voice is going to be very loud,” Haley said to protestors. “I can tell you that I talked with President Trump and he is fired up about this. He is angry at Maduro. His comments were we are not just going to let the Maduro regime backed by Cuba hurt the Venezuelan people anymore.”

Haley didn’t let up on Maduro even after she left her role as ambassador:

Vice President Mike Pence, who was bizarrely accused by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Tuesday of “inciting violence” against the Venezuelan people, also weighed in, saying that in blaming America instead of Maduro, Omar was choosing “socialism over freedom:”

In January, President Trump made it clear that the United States viewed opposition leader Juan Guaido as the true interim president of Venezuela. In a statement, Trump said:

Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant. The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.

The White House reiterated its support for Guaido and the Venezuelan people on Wednesday.

I think what’s particularly disturbing about Omar’s position on the Maduro regime, which she has maintained since her first month in office, is how it contrasts with her position on Israel. She doesn’t support sanctions on Venezuela to force Maduro out, but she does support the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel, a subject that has been covered extensively here at Legal Insurrection.

Would now be a good time to remind everyone that in spite of Omar’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes, her anti-America blame games, and her defenses of oppressive dictators like Maduro, she is still on the House Foreign Affairs Committee?

Just something to remember as the situation in Venezuela deteriorates.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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