Speaking from Miami Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump again made the case against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and roundly condemned the evils of socialism.
"Socialism is a sad and discredited ideology rooted in the total ignorance of history and human nature – which is why socialism, eventually, must always give rise to tyranny," Trump said to a roaring crowd of Cuban and Venezuelan dissidents. "Everywhere and anywhere it appears, socialism advances under the banner of progress—but, in the end, it delivers only corruption, exploitation, and decay."
"Socialism promises prosperity, but it delivers poverty. Socialism promises unity, but it delivers hatred and it delivers division. Socialism promises a better future, but it always returns to the darkest chapters of the past. That never fails. It always happens," he continued.
Trump's remarks come after more than 50 countries, with the U.S. leading the way, backed President Juan Guiado as Venezuela's new and legitimate leader. Russia and China are still backing Maduro, along with the United Nations. Many Democrats are also backing Maduro as he continues to block food and medical supplies from entering the country.
As for politics in the U.S., Democrats have fully embraced socialism as a replacement for the American free market system. President Trump is fighting against it headed into the 2020 election.
"We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor. Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And the more power they get, the more they crave: they want to run healthcare, run transportation and finance, run energy, education, run everything," he said. "They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who’s up and who’s down, what’s true and what’s false – and even who lives and who dies. In short: all of us here today know that there is nothing less democratic than socialism."
"In Venezuela and across the Western Hemisphere, socialism is dying—and liberty, prosperity, and democracy are being reborn. The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy – and the United States of America is standing right by their side," Trump continued. "The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere—and frankly, in many, many places around the world. The days of socialism and communism are numbered not only in Venezuela, but in Nicaragua and in Cuba as well."
Meanwhile, new Fox News polling shows the vast majority of Americans believe in capitalism, not socialism.