Standing tall as an example of the pitfalls of Socialism in the 21st century, Venezuela has had no end of internal problems to contend with. However, in a recent comment against President Trump, they didn’t realize how out of touch they were with reality.
In an attempt to insult President Trump, Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, thought he was demeaning Trump by comparing him to the late Ronald Reagan. “For a moment, we didn’t know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017,” he said, not realizing that the comparison is a compliment, rather than an insult – according to Fox News.
These comments came in light of Trump’s first UN appearance, which caused quite a storm among the mainstream media. Aside from threatening Iran and North Korea, the president went on to tell the UN that he is “prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.”
Arreaza mentioned that he was struck harshly by Trump’s idea of “restoring Venezuelan democracy,” suggesting that it was a “racist and supremacist theory” and harkened back to the Cold War, hence the comparison to Reagan.
He also said that Trump sounded like a military general instead of a political diplomat, a comment that some people might see as a compliment as well, as the American people chose Trump because he promised to be unlike the other politicians in Washington.
John Roberts said it best on Special Report, “Note to the Venezuelan Prime Minister: If you’re going to try to insult a Republican, don’t compare him or her to Ronald Reagan.”
This specific comment from Trump is just one of many remarks he made. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed,” he said.
“The situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch. I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis,” Trump added.
The Venezuelan foreign minister wasn’t the only official to be outraged by Trump’s comments. President Maduro of Venezuela proceeded to call Trump’s speech at the United Nations an “aggression from the new Adolf Hitler of international politics, Mr. Donald Trump.”
As much as the regime’s president and his staff would hate to admit it, Trump’s concerns are very much true. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the turmoil amidst shortages of food, medicine, and triple-digit inflation.
Regardless, this accidental compliment is more than appropriate. Many Republicans are looking at Trump as the new Reagan of the 21st century, and his critique of Socialism would make the late president proud. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” said Trump.
In true American fashion, he reminded the world of the perils of this ideology, “From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela — wherever through socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation, and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime.”