Univision: So, how about that socialist collapse in Venezuela? Bernie: Let’s talk about something else

Usually he loves to talk about other countries. Guess this is different.

Of course, you understand, since Bernie Sanders is running for president of the United States, he has no interest in talking about what’s happening in other countries. None. He doesn’t do that. His focus is on America. So when he was asked on Univision what he thinks of the collapse of socialist Venezuela – a seemingly fair question given his determination to advance American socialism beyond even what’s been put in place by Barack Obama – he didn’t really see why he should answer that. It’s not about America, after all:

So you understand how this works, then. Bernie doesn’t want to talk about whaat happens in other countries. Only about the United States.

Well that’s funny, because just last week in California, he said this:

“With five good members on the platform drafting committee,” the candidate told reporters Monday after a rally in California, “we will be in a very strong position to fight for an economy that works for all of our people, not just the 1 percent, to fight to break up the large banks on Wall Street, who in my view now have much too much economic and political power. We will be in a position to fight for a carbon tax, so that this nation can begin to lead the world in aggressively addressing climate change. We will be in a position to fight to have the United States join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteed health care as a right.”

Sanders seems quite happy to talk about what’s happening in other countries when he thinks it helps him with whatever point he’s trying to make, especially if it involves other countries offering some sort of guaranteed benefit that’s paid for by the taxpayers. If other countries do this and the U.S. doesn’t, that’s a scandal and an embarassment and Sanders will talk about it all day long.

But what’s happening in Venezuela? Why would want to talk about that? That has nothing to do with America!

Of course, it has everything to do with Sanders’s campaign because the very policies he wants to implement here are the ones that have led to the complete economic collapse of one of the most oil-rich nations in the world. If the ostensibly successful policies of other countries are an argument for doing them here, then how is the monumental failure of a country that used the same economic model Sanders wants to use now a relevant thing to discuss?

And as everyone understands, it’s exceedingly relevant. But it’s also not a very convenient thing for Sanders to talk about, so if it’s all the same to you, he’d rather not.

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