Debunking all the Anti-Venezuela Talking Points

TYT had a guest who spewed all the tiresome regime change talking points

TYT had on guest,Pilar Marrero, a Venezuelan by birth, who lived in the USA since 1986. She claimed that there was a progressive case against Maduro. I have now watched the entire clip and I will be debunking her claims one by one. 

Economic Contraction

At 0:47, Pilar Marrero claimed that Venezuela had 6 straight years of economic contraction. Economic contraction means there is a decline in national output as measured by the gross domestic product for every year. In other words, for her claim to be true, since 2013, Venezuela's GDP must be lower than the GDP from the previous year. Reality tells a different story :

Source: Country Economy

Repression

At 1:05, she claims "Venezuela has become authoritarian and repressive.” She claimed Venezuela was repressive because they brutally cracked down on dissent.  That is not true. Proof: here is Juan Guaido swearing himself in as President. He is allowed to move freely while undermining the government.


At 1:15,Pilar Marrero refers to  the UN Human Rights Council Chief's letter from last week as proof of the alleged repression. Let's read what Michelle Bachelet’s primary concern was:

Although this pervasive and devastating economic and social crisis began before the imposition of the first economic sanctions in 2017, I am concerned that the recent sanctions on financial transfers related to the sale of Venezuelan oil within the United States may contribute to aggravating the economic crisis, with possible repercussions on people's basic rights and wellbeing.

Pilar Marrero also cited extrajudicial killings in Venezuela as a problem. In 2018, Venezuela had 205 extrajudicial killings. In 2019, it had 37. Although terrible, if the mere presence of extra-judicial killings were enough to authorize a military invasion, USA would be in big trouble. Let's compare Venezuela with the US.

I can't wait to have Venezuela invade the USA for human rights violations!

At 1:23, she accuses President Maduro of killing of opposition leaders. Leopoldo Lopez is well and alive. His wife even admitted that Maduro saved his life from more extreme rightwingers. Juan Guaido is also alive because we witnessed him in this video taken yesterday. So who were the opposition leaders that Maduro has been killing? We don't know. She never specifies.

Cenk asks,"Do you agree with John Bolton that we need to invade?" After a bit of hemming and hawing, at 2:25 Pilar Marrero says, “my moderate, apolitical brother who works at a bank thinks the situation is untenable."

Election Fraud

At 5:32: Pilar says, "Last two elections by Maduro were extremely problematic. I would say straight out fraudulent." 

In 2013, the Carter Center called it "consistent, fair and free."  As for 2018, Maduro invited observers from anywhere to come and observe the election.  Oddly enough, the Opposition requested that the UN not come and monitor the election

The Venezuelan Opposition

At 5:49, Pilar Marrero says "The opposition is a very broad group of people that go from the left to the moderate right.  There are no really hard right in Venezuela."
Oh really?

Russia

Of course, Russia was invoked.  But, Russia is there because the US tried to overthrow the government recently with its "food aid" stunt.

Negotiations

At 7:25, Pilar Marrero said that progressives needed to push Venezuela into some kind of negotiation.  Lucky for her, AMLO offered to mediate. Maduro accepted the negotiation. Guaido rejected it

Sanctions

Pilar Marrero claimez that the sanctions were very recent and they were not the cause of Venezuela’s economic woes. Data proves her wrong too!

In conclusion, the first 8 minutes were filled with false assertions and lies.   

Here is Part 2