Bolivia’s socialist leader, Evo Morales, was forced to step down amid allegations his administration tampered in recent elections. Now, American socialists such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ilhan Omar are calling this win for democracy a “coup.”
According to CNN, Morales faced intense protests after Bolivia’s October 20 vote. Demonstrators and opposition forces accused electoral authorities and the Morales administration of manipulating the election with a vote count in favor of Morales.
The socialist ruler has denied these allegations and declared himself the winner, but after mounting pressure from citizens, protestors, and the military, Morales fled the country and sought refuge in Mexico.
In a statement, President Trump said Morales’ exit is a victory for Latin American countries that are crushed by illegitimate leaders and lacking democratic institutions.
“After nearly 14 years and his recent attempt to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people, Morales’s departure preserves democracy and paves the way for the Bolivian people to have their voices heard,” Trump said.
The leaders of the socialist left in America, apparently believe civilian unrest over fraudulent elections is considered a “coup.” Yet, these same leaders believe American civilian unrest over the legitimate election of Donald Trump is warranted.
“I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales. The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions,” Sanders tweeted.
I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales. The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 11, 2019
Sanders’s statement was backed by his posse of House members who also identify as socialists.
“What’s happening right now in Bolivia isn’t democracy, it’s a coup. The people of Bolivia deserve free, fair, and peaceful elections – not violent seizures of power,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
What’s happening right now in Bolivia isn’t democracy, it’s a coup.
The people of Bolivia deserve free, fair, and peaceful elections – not violent seizures of power.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 11, 2019
These same comments were mimicked by Omar. Unfortunately, due to the socialist hold of Morales, Bolivians never got a free, fair, or peaceful election on October 20. Instead, they got a fraudulent election and the only way to restore power of their democratic institutions was ousting their illegitimate leader who declared himself victorious and refused to leave.
American socialist leaders appear to be to upholding socialist dictators and illegitimate elections for the sake of maintaining socialism as a legitimate form of governance.