I was thinking of what I could possibly compare Trumps scandals against – to try to really balance out exactly how screwed we all could be. I thought ok well Trump was very critical of Venezuela and that country right now is not in good shape. Stumbled on a state department fact sheet on Nicolás Maduro
*On July 25, 2019, the United States sanctioned Maduro’s three stepsons (Walter, Yosser, and Yoswal Flores), and seven other individuals, as well as 13 entities, involved in a complex network of bribery and money laundering that has been stealing from the people of Venezuela through a for-fee food distribution program known as the CLAP.
+Maduro has financed himself by “cranking up the central bank printing presses. That has ballooned the supply of the national currency, the bolivar, which has lost more than 99 percent of its value since 2013 and is virtually worthless.” (Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2019)
+The bolivar’s accumulated inflation 2014-2018 was more than twenty-two million, according to the Central Bank of Venezuela. As a result of Maduro’s actions, the people of Venezuela can no longer afford to live in their own country.
*Similarly, Venezuela’s infrastructure has begun to collapse under Maduro. For example, the electrical system has rapidly deteriorated since March, resulting in nation-wide blackouts and the increasing rationing of electricity in many states. **In 2016, Maduro declared approximately 12 percent of the country to be a part of an “Orinoco Mining Arc” and awarded himself broad authorities to oversee the exploitation of resources for personal gain. **Maduro ejected foreign companies from Venezuela and replaced employees with untrained workers who operate under the leadership of senior Venezuelan military officers.
+The former Maduro regime reportedly engaged in widespread, arbitrary detentions, and physical abuse, as well as repression to silence dissent and enforce social controls.
In July 2019, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet concluded that **Maduro’s security and intelligence apparatus use widespread and arbitrary repression of civil society and the democratic opposition. **For example, the July 5 UN OHCHR report noted at least 7,523 instances of extrajudicial killings.
I want to throw up.
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