As progressives denounced Guaido’s coup plot, many members of Congress remained silent or—in the case of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—expressed support for the effort to topple Venezuela’s elected government.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) was one of the few members to speak out against the Trump administration’s interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs.
While condemning Maduro’s government as a “failed regime,” Khanna said in an interview on MSNBC that “Mike Pence shouldn’t be interfering and inciting violence with Guaido”—referring to the U.S. Vice President’s affirmation of support for the coup plotters Tuesday morning.
“What we should be doing is deferring to the Pope to have a negotiated settlement,” Khanna concluded. “It looks like the United States is inching into yet another bloody conflict… The question is: Is this really the United States’ role to get involved in yet another war overseas?”
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also denounced the Trump administration’s support for the ongoing coup attempt.
“We should be encouraging dialogue and free/fair elections in Venezuela—not violence,” Omar tweeted. “I believe U.S. intervention will only destabilize the region more and cause even more suffering.”
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