Venezuela's Maduro Blames Marco Rubio and the "Miami Lobby" for Protests

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Nicolas Maduro
Protests have rumbled through President Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela for the past month, but in a televised press conference today, Hugo Chavez's successor seemed more concerned with what was going on in Miami and Washington, D.C.

Maduro singled out Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinene as leaders of a "Miami lobby" who are trying to overthrow him. He claimed that the recent protests were not due to his government's failure, but rather were part of a United States-backed coup.

See also: What the Hell Is Going on in Venezuela? A Guide To Understanding the Chaos in Caracas.


Spurred perhaps by Rubio's recent co-introduction of a bill to support anti-government protestors, and Ros-Lehtenin's introduction of a bill yesterday to place economic sanctions on the country, Maduro hit back.

Castigating the group as "the right of Miami's Republican lobby," Maduro said that Cuban-Americans Rubio and Ros-Lehtenin are holding America's foreign policy hostage. The "are taking President Obama into an abyss," he said.

"If they succeed and overthrow our government, it would be the worst period of economic instability known in 200 years in Latin America," he continued.

This is not the first time that Maduro has had harsh words for Rubio. Just a month ago he called Rubio the "loco de los locos," or the "craziest of the crazies."

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................................if only maduro knew how irrelevant oH MARco ! really was el presidente would realize how stupid his comments are to give the ken doll credit for arranging any action at all

who really is dumb enough to actually listen to oH MARco ! anyway ?

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Doesn't "maduro" translate to "bananas"? And how does he know it's just two Republicans who want him gone from the Presidential Palace?

Leonardo Moreira
Leonardo Moreira

Just ppl kno Argentina is heading down that road too slowly

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Probably the only two Cubans that Maduro doesn't like...

Mariposa Negra
Mariposa Negra

WHY is it that the national media stopped reporting anything about Venezuela and he protestors after the Cuban Spy was returned to Cuba? The Governor Florida and Marco Rubio made a point of visiting Doral protestors that same sunday before all the newstopped.

Mariposa Negra
Mariposa Negra

OH PLEEEEZZZZ don't give me more toblow up his (MARCO RUBIO's) head with.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

When all else fails, Dictators always blame outsiders for their troubles, Venezuela is crumbling, its economy is a disaster, its infrastructure is not even good enough to keep the airport road free of potholes, its people are being abused and intimidated, crime is at all time high, ....the fruits of Chavismo are yielding bitter fruit indeed.

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

I'm surprised he hasn't said " let them eat cake"

Javier Adrianzen
Javier Adrianzen

Those two r just trying to win latino votes for the republicans....fuck them!!!

George Hoover
George Hoover

Those two imbéciles are the least of his worries! El Pueblo esta en pingado!

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

rdiazperera
rdiazperera

Is that because you are an illegal alien and can´t vote?

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