“They’re redrafting their constitution. Our constitution hasn’t been redrafted in 250 years.”
Speaking to a reporter Saturday during protests at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., a “revolutionary” who supports Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime said “there is so much” the United States could learn from the socialist South American nation.
Morgan Artyukhina, a transgender journalist and activist who writes for Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik, touted the superiority of Venezuela’s achievements and socialist ideology when compared to the United States.
“Most of us work a job. We don’t own the home we rent in,” she said. “We have trouble getting food. We have trouble getting education. And these are things that the Bolivarian Revolution has provided to the average Venezuelan.”
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“There is so much that we could learn in the United States from what they’ve done in Venezuela,” the Sputnik reporter declared.
Artyukhina praised Venezuela’s efforts “building millions of homes” for “the homeless” – quickly correcting her terminology by saying “ill-housed” – and the socialist country’s effective governance.
“They have a form of democracy in Venezuela like we’ve never seen,” she gushed. “They’re redrafting their constitution. Our constitution hasn’t been redrafted in 250 years.”
Artyukhina was ridiculed last week after suggesting in a since-deleted tweet last week that a man wearing a red Nationals hat, and seen firing a gun in a clash between Venezuelan protesters and government forces, was part of a U.S.-backed coup. Artyukhina’s “evidence” stemmed from the Venezuelan man’s attire: He sported a red Washington Nationals cap on his head.
“This is pretty incredible: the man exchanging gunfire with Venezuelan soldiers is wearing a Nationals hat, Washington, DC’s pro baseball team. A great sign of who’s running this coup attempt,” Artyukhina wrote.
Last Tuesday, soldiers joined the forces of opposition leader Juan Guaido in the streets of Caracas in a bid to overthrow Maduro’s socialist government. What followed was widespread upheaval, which included military forces alternatively clashing with anti-government forces and turning against the government. Much of the tumult was captured on video and disseminated on social media. One widely shared video reportedly showed a Venezuelan military vehicle mowing down anti-Maduro protesters.
The unrest highlights a mounting humanitarian and economic crisis in the oil-rich nation. In late 2018, a Gallup poll showed a paltry 15% of Venezuelans were satisfied with the availability of quality healthcare in their city or area. As the Venezuelan economy spiraled deeper into collapse in the latter half of the 2010s, 36% of Venezuelans said they would leave their country if they could, according to Gallup. CNN reported in 2017 that the Maduro regime had stopped publishing statistics on economic growth and inflation.
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