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The headline initially read, “Democrats and Media Mourn Death of Socialist Dictator Hugo Chavez,” but I read it and thought, “Eh, that’s redundant.”
It all started with this tweet:
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless.R.I.P. Mr. President.
— Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 5, 2013
Former Congressman Joe Kennedy also openly mourned the left’s loss:
Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II offered his prayers Tuesday to the family of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying he cared deeply about the poor and helped nearly two million Americans through the former lawmaker’s heating assistance charity.
As Ben Shapiro chronicled, Democrats couldn’t contain their grief:
Former President Jimmy Carter followed suit, mourning Chavez’s “commitment to improving the lives of his fellow countrymen,” and stating that he would “be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communications skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment.” As for his Chavez’s destruction of freedom of the press, nationalization of industry, and alliances with murderous dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Carter had nothing to say.
Sean Penn, of course, spoke up to praise Chavez as a “great hero.”
It wasn’t just the most extreme Democrats and their idiot actor friends pushing the Cult of Chavez. The mainstream media quickly jumped on the bandwagon. The Associated Press ran a fawning obit for the authoritarian, leading with the droolingly ugly line, “President Hugo Chavez was a fighter.” Eugene Robinson of the Washington Postsounded off to call Chavez, “quick,” “popular,” and funny. Larry King, formerly of CNN, called in to say that Chavez was “effusive,” “huggable,” and “larger than life.”
Shapiro continued, showing how effective America’s Memory Hole is when it comes to whitewashing a socialist dictator’s rule.