New Yorkers for Chavez

Anyone else feel like Hugo Chavez is getting a bad rap?

Andrew Friedman of the Drum Major Institute comes to the defense of the Venezuelan leader, who was called “a barbarian” by Governor George Pataki and “a thug” by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“What, precisely, is thuggish or barbarian about him? Leftist politics or provocative rhetoric do not make a thug. A thug is a thief or a bully. And, in fact, it was the gentile upper class in Venezuela, Chavez’s opponents and America’s steadfast allies, that tried to steal the presidency from President Chavez by force.”

— Azi Paybarah

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