Will Venezuela Crisis Split Democrats?

Pres. Donald Trump’s “State of the (Dis)Union” speech on February 5th was marked by a remarkable incident that did not take place.  He made the following declaration about his administration’s intentions regarding Venezuela:

Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim President, Juan Guaidó.

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist  policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

Those assembled in the House of Representatives broke out in spirited applause, with Republicans shouting, “Hard Coup, Hard Coup,” and many Democrats responding with calls for “Soft Coup, Soft Coup.” Others sat on their hands silently mouthing “No Coup, No Coup.”

While actual calls for a coup – hard, soft or none at all — did not actually accompany Trump’s remarks, all those in Congress that night knew that the Trump administration was orchestrating a coup in Venezuela and, pathetically, most of those in attendance — Republicans and Democrats — were in support of such an illegal action.

And Trump, never missing an opportunity to attack a political enemy real or imagined, went after Americans’ growing recognition that “socialism” represents a valid alternative to the tyranny of 1 percent capitalism:

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