As Venezuela continues its descent into economic ruin and poverty, it’s becoming harder and harder for left-wing supporters of the embattled president Nicolas Maduro to continue defending his socialist regime. That hasn’t stopped some from trying though.
Last night, the former mayor of London Ken Livingstone was on the BBC’s late night show to do just that. Red Ken’s argument was that it wasn’t so much disastrous socialist policies which had led to Venezuela’s collapse, as much as pesky American economic interference.
But his argument rather fell apart when he was asked by Andrew Neil if he could name a single American sanction on the Latin American country which could have caused it to become poorer. And his performance didn’t get much better from then on. Watch here:
“If all that’s true, it would be appalling, but I have watched America impose sanctions… an appalling impact on their country” @ken4london on how Alan Johnson & Esther McVey reacted to his #bbctw film
— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) February 1, 2019
Well, it could have been worse: at least Livingstone didn’t bring up Hitler for once.