Bernie Sanders has disappointed many people on the left with his latest tweet on Venezuela. The self-proclaimed ‘democratic socialist’ has historically had a mixed record on foreign policy, which not all of his supporters have been willing to face. But this time, Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters had no problem taking Sanders to task.
Sanders on Venezuela
The big mistake Sanders made was to play into the propaganda of the US regime-change machine – particularly regarding the smokescreen of ‘humanitarian aid‘:
Unfortunately, this is not Sanders’ first fail on Venezuela.
Roger Waters was on hand to hold him to account on this occasion, though, saying:
Waters has also called out billionaire Richard Branson for his ‘Live-Aid-ish’ PR stunt.
Investigative journalist Abby Martin also pushed back:
Others raised some legitimate questions with Sanders:
The replies kept coming in:
With some unavoidable critiques:
One of Sanders’ strongest public supporters in the past also blasted him for his apparent inability to comprehend the Washington’s role in destroying Venezuela. Commentator and comedian Jimmy Dore pulled no punches during his live broadcast on 23 February:
Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing US-backed coup attempt. And US sanctions are designed to “make the economy scream”, according to establishment experts. This fact wasn’t lost on Dore, who was visibly upset over Sanders’ foreign policy failure. He lamented that it is “too bad that this is the best we can get”:
Push them ‘to the left’
Dore would later say that he was:
the one keeping the flame going [for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential elections].
Dore also explained that he wants to:
push Bernie left to make him a better candidate on foreign policy.
Hold them to account
Sanders has taken many principled stances over the years. Most recently, he vocally opposed the US- and UK-backed Saudi destruction of Yemen. The reason why so many people support politicians like Sanders is because of the principled policies they promote; not because they are sycophants or lemmings. That means that even some of Sanders’ staunchest supporters are willing to call him out for his weakness on imperialism.
We must do the same with all of our politicians; regardless of who they are.
Featured image via Roger Waters/Facebook and Bernie Sanders/YouTube