Earlier this week, Univision’s anchor Jorge Ramos, who is famous for repeatedly calling Trump a racist (though that’s the rest of the Left as well, but he particularly tries to call him a racist as often as he can), held an interview with Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.
However, Jorge Ramos made the mistake of pointing out the horrors of Maduro’s regime, specifically a video of a group of children looking for food inside trash trucks.
Due to this, Maduro ended the interview, and had Ramos and his crew detained in the presidential palace for two hours. All of their equipment, including their own cell phones, were confiscated and never returned.
And recently, Jorge Ramos recalled in detail what it was like to experience that.
“So it is Monday night,” Ramos began explaining in a Facebook video. “We are already in the hotel in Caracas, Venezuela. And what happened is that I conducted an interview with Nicolas Maduro. I asked him if I can call him either a ‘president’ or a ‘dictator’ because, you know, millions of Venezuelans don’t consider him a president.”
“Then we discussed the fraud [election] that happened here in May 2018, also the reports of torture and human rights abuses and political prisoners. And at the end, I showed him a video that I personally took last Sunday of three kids behind a trash truck – looking for food. And he just couldn’t stand it. He didn’t want to continue the interview, he wanted to close my iPad – where I showed him the video – and then he said the interview was over.”
“It was about 17 minutes of interview. After that, their minister of communications, Jorge Rodriguez, told us that they didn’t authorize the interview. And they confiscated all of our cameras, all our video, all of our cell phones, and we were thrown out of the presidential palace.”
“But before I left the palace, they took me into a security room with producer Maria Guzman, and they asked for our cell phones. I didn’t want to give them my cell phone, so they turned off the lights in the room, and a group of agents came in. They took, forcefully, my backpack, my cell phone. They did the same thing with Maria’s. And they forced us to give them our pass codes for the cell phones.”
“We didn’t know what was going to happen to us back then, nor what was happening to the rest of the group, who were about seven journalists. And after about two hours of being detained – because we couldn’t leave the palace – two hours of being detained, they allowed us to leave the presidential palace.”
“They didn’t give us our equipment, nor our material, and still at this point we do not have a cell phone or the interview. I think we will never have that interview – they don’t want the world to see what we did [see].”
Ramos also noted that the incident was “a violation of freedom of expression and a violation of human rights, a violation of all the principles of journalism.”
He’s right, but here’s the thing: there’s no such thing as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, or even human rights in a socialist country.
The only things you are allowed to express are what the government approves of. If the government doesn’t like what you are saying, and considers you a threat as a result (and can make up any excuse to consider you a threat, as they made up that the interview was not authorized, giving themselves permission to steal Univision’s equipment and their cell phones), they will shut you down in any way they feel is necessary.
Truth be told, Ramos is lucky to be from America. I doubt a Venezuelan journalist would’ve gotten off that easy.
But in any case, the point I’m trying to convey here is that these people, particularly Ramos, could not hope to even try and call Trump a dictator now (though they most likely still will). For as much as Trump may dislike the fake news media (for good reason), he won’t do anything to restrict their freedoms. He won’t shut them down, won’t violate their constitutional or human rights. Why? BECAUSE HE’S NOT A DICTATOR!
But you can plainly see how a dictator truly acts. If he feels the least bit offended, insulted, or simply doesn’t like the direction a conversation is going, every right the person supposedly offending the dictator has goes out the window. They are no longer “authorized” to interview the dictator; they are no longer allowed to record anything; they are not even considered a fellow human being.
Again, Ramos got off easy. A Venezuelan journalist would’ve been subjected to whatever punishment Maduro wanted, whether that’s imprisonment or execution. Because that’s just how dictators operate. The only reason Ramos is in America now is because this is his home (much as he might dislike that). Had Maduro punished Ramos with prison or worse, that would’ve created an international incident. And despite what Trump may think of Ramos, as the President of the United States and a decent human being, he wouldn’t have accepted such treatment of an American citizen at the hands of a foreign dictator.
Now, I don’t think anyone on the Left will look at this situation and reconsider calling Trump a dictator. They know very well that it’s not true, but the narrative that he’s a dictator has to remain, facts be damned. But at the very least I hope that Ramos and whoever else was involved in this nightmarish situation where they were at the mercy of a socialist dictatorship come to reconsider the definition of a dictator in their own minds.
They just experienced what it was like to be subjected to a dictator. They were detained for just two hours and could see the sort of evil Maduro is. He doesn’t care about the starving children, doesn’t acknowledge political prisoners, doesn’t care about human rights abuses and violations. He’s burning humanitarian aid trucks trying to enter his country for crying out loud!
The entire world can clearly see what a dictator looks like. And this is what socialism brings about.
Do you think Kim Jong Un is any better? Or Raul Castro? Or that Stalin was any better? Or Mao Zedong? Or Adolf Hitler? Or Benito Mussolini? Or Raul’s brother Fidel? What all of these people have in common, apart from the fact that they all are or were dictators, is that they are/were dictators of socialist/communist nations.
Matter of fact, they were dictators precisely BECAUSE they led socialist/communist nations. That’s just what those systems of government bring about: centralized government with one person at the helm ruling however they want (and because man is naturally evil, they tend to rule with an iron fist).
Not that I think Ramos will make the connection between Maduro being a dictator and socialism being the cause of it, but it’s plain and clear to see for anyone who has eyes.
Maduro is a dictator because that’s what socialism brings. There has never been a country in the history of the world that has succeeded because of socialism/communism. But there are plenty of examples of socialism destroying countries.
And in the process of that destruction, there is one individual who lives like a king, like the 1%. The one responsible for the death and despair of an entire country lives in riches and fancies himself a great and wise leader.
This is what happens every single time socialism is tried anywhere in the world. Trump literally advocates AGAINST socialism as often as he can now, and like I said, he won’t deny the media their 1st Amendment rights, much less their human rights.
It’s an insult to call Trump a dictator, while seeing the horrors of socialism in Venezuela and wanting to bring that here. That’s not just stupid, not just tone-deaf, but outright detestable and evil.
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
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