“The View” co-host Ana Navarro said Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro is “not a socialist” during a Friday segment of the show.
“Maduro is not a socialist,” Navarro interrupted. “He’s a corrupt, murderous thug who is starving his people.”
When Paul said “that’s not true” in response to Navarro’s claim that “Maduro is not a socialist,” Navarro said, “Oh, that’s not true? Maduro’s not a thug and a murderer who’s starving his people?”
“Let’s have a conversation here. [Former Venezuelan President Hugo] Chávez was a socialist, and socialism was the economic system of Venezuela. … They voted for socialism,” Paul responded before Navarro interrupted again saying that was “not socialism.”
Navarro said she could not let Paul finish his sentence if he was “going to say Maduro’s not a murderous thug” before accusing the Kentucky senator of “mansplaining” to a “47-year-old woman.”
Some people reacted angrily to Navarro’s comments on Twitter Friday.
Political commentator Jason Howerton, for example, said Navarro “has no idea that ‘socialist’ and ‘corrupt, murderous thug’ have been synonyms repeatedly throughout history.”
"Maduro is not a socialist. He's a corrupt, murderous thug who is starving his people."
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 11, 2019
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino accused Navarro of “making a complete fool of herself, AGAIN, on national television.”
Ana Navarro making a complete fool of herself, AGAIN, on national television. 👇🏻 https://t.co/g8c1U3tFn1
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 11, 2019
Talk show host Dave Rubin praised Paul for “remaining calm and trying to explain his position” but accused Navarro of using “all the overly emotional, disrespectful tactics we’ve come to expect from mainstream media.”
Good for @RandPaul remaining calm and trying to explain his position. Navarro unfortunately uses all the overly emotional, disrespectful tactics we’ve come to expect from mainstream media. https://t.co/ivXnxzt0nU
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 11, 2019
Venezuela, which is currently in crisis due to a lack of food and supplies, has been governed under socialism since 1999 when Chávez was elected as president and served until his death in 2013. Some socialist policies implemented by Chávez and Maduro, both members of the United Socialist Party, have led to the country’s downfall.
Price controls, for example, were initially put in place in Venezuela to make basic goods more affordable to the poor, but the plan backfired when companies realized that making such products was no longer profitable, the BBC reported.
Nearly 4.5 million Venezuelans left the country in search of food, work and a better life as of Oct. 5, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.