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Rep. Ilhan Omar, Venezuelan Government Propagandist

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-born U.S. congressman, is upset at Donald Trump for backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself president earlier this week.

Guaido is “far right”? I suppose when you see anyone to the right of Lenin as “far right” it might seem so.

But Omar, whose connections to the new Somali president would almost certainly disqualify her from getting a security clearance, showed unusual loyalty to the thuggish, socialist regime in Caracas, by accusing Trump of doing the bidding of “multinational corporations.”

Washington Examiner:

“We cannot hand pick leaders for other countries on behalf of multinational corporate interests. The legislature cannot seize power from the President, and Venezuela’s Supreme Court has declared their actions unconstitutional,” the congresswoman tweeted one day later, still referring to the U.S. backing the head of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan congress.

She added: “We can’t afford to get involved in costly interventions abroad when tens of millions struggle to access housing, healthcare, and clean water right here at home. U.S. meddling abroad always ends badly for us, and the people we claim to be ‘liberating.’”

That’s to say nothing of the Venezuelans who struggle to access housing, healthcare, and clean water right now thanks to Maduro.

“If we really want to support the Venezuelan people, we can lift the economic sanctions that are inflicting suffering on innocent families, making it harder for them to access food and medicines, and deepening the economic crisis. We should support dialogue, not a coup!” Omar added. She was referring to sanctions narrowly targeted at specific people in Maduro’s regime.

As Becket Adams, the author of the Examiner piece, points out, Omar supports the BDS movement. Did she bother to notice that the word “sanctions” is part of the name?

This kind of stupidity is notable because Ilhan Omar is the future of the Democratic Party. She is in the vanguard of a new generation of Democrats, schooled in politics by radicals, and possessed of a burning passion for “social justice.” Her support for the Venezuelan government is based on the idea that the desperately poor in that country are better off with a thug running the government, as long as he makes all the right noises about “justice.”

Venezuela may still erupt in bloody revolution. Trump’s decision to legitimize the “soft coup” of Guaido makes that eventuality less likely. But Omar is so besotted with ideology that she is unable to see it.