By Monica Showalter
January 23, 2019
As Venezuela surges into chaos, with even some of the military in open rebellion and a major protest planned for today, the U.S. hasn’t been idle. President Trump, Vice President Pence, and above all, Sen. Marco Rubio are taking maximum steps to help Venezuelans get rid of its detested socialist regime.
The best stuff is coming from Rubio, who’s put out an amazingly splendid series of fighting tweets toward the brutal, embattled dictatorship, which is the only way to get their attention.
Hear that? Bad stuff is coming. Do not underestimate Trump, who likes surprises and likes to go big.
What we are seeing here is psychological warfare at its finest, with Rubio warning Maduro he’d be better off getting out of the country than hanging on, given what’s coming for him. It’s especially satisfying to hear him – a former political opponent of President Trump who knows firsthand how Trump fights – warning the dictator that he’s likely to get it good if he doesn’t.
It’s clearly not a case of Rubio going off the rails. Rubio, in fact, is a top Republican on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and definitely the point man for Latin-communist issues, whether of Cuba, Nicaragua, or Venezuela, the three hellholes of the hemisphere. He warned that he had a meeting last night with Trump, and maybe Maduro ought to let that sink in.