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Eli Lake

The Left’s Hollow Defense of Maduro

In Venezuela, regime change is really the only way for anti-imperialists to get what they say they want.

Defend this guy, or the constiutution?

Defend this guy, or the constiutution?

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Even as most of the Western Hemisphere has rushed to recognize Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaido, a small but familiar chorus has registered its dissent. Self-proclaimed anti-imperialists, demanding that America stay out of Venezuela’s affairs, have rallied to the side of strongman President Nicolas Maduro.

Among the dissenters are apparatchiks of the Iranian regime, hosts of Russian propaganda talk shows and columnists at the Nation. There are even a few Democratic members of Congress on Team Maduro.