Foul: Rep. Serrano praises Chavez as ‘empowering the powerless’

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Foul: Rep. Serrano praises Chavez as ‘empowering the powerless’

Appalling.

As Twitchy reported, the Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez has died. Rep. Serrano (D-N.Y.) grossly tweeted the above, upon learning of the news that had most freedom-lovers relieved. Now, finally, may the people of Venezuela achieve democracy. Rep. Serrano, however, mourns the loss of a dictatorial tyrant. But, hey, what else is to be expected from a man who wants no presidential term limits here?

Disgusted Twitter users give the representative the business.

@repjoseserrano He was a dictatorial, anti-American thug who to the death blamed America for all the world’s ills.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) March 5, 2013

@alexis_levinson @repjoseserrano Rep Jose Serrano is officially inducted into the Moron Hall of Fame.

— Bill Powers (@BillPowers9) March 5, 2013

@repjoseserrano WHAT? He was a Communist that disgrace the people of Venezuela.All the people of Venezuela at Happy with his death.

— PopuleteKiller (@PopuleteKiller) March 5, 2013

Kennedyesque “@repjoseserrano: Chavez was a leader that understood needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P.”

— Pundit Review (@PunditReview) March 5, 2013

It’s insane people like @repjoseserrano – Commie/socialist sympathizers – that are the problem with Congress.

— Alberto Pardo (@BestSocialPrgrm) March 5, 2013

.@repjoecrowley, will you condemn this ridiculous remark from your colleague, @repjoseserrano? twitter.com/RepJoseSerrano…

— Miké (@ThePantau) March 5, 2013

@senatorshoshana @repjoseserrano Is this guy freaking delusional?

— Carlos Vazquez (@CJ_Vazquez) March 5, 2013

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Sick! “@repjoseserrano: Chavez was a leader that (sic) understood the needs of the poor… empowering the powerless. R.I.P.”

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 5, 2013

@repjoseserrano ARE YOU SERIOUS??? All Chavez did was #empowering his OWN dictatorship! Are you REALLY a sitting Congressman??

— #BenghaziCoverup (@CrYsTaLyNn52) March 5, 2013

Sadly, he is.

House D’s agree? RT @repjoseserrano Chavez was a leader that understood needs of the poor. Was committed to empowering the powerless. RIP

— Nick Marcelli (@NickMarcelli) March 5, 2013

And sadly, some probably do. Will any denounce his repugnant statement?

Shame on you, Rep. Serrano.

Update:  Serrano’s office issues statement.

Rep. Serrano’s office has issued a lengthy statement expanding upon his tweet re: Chavez…

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 5, 2013

Serrano: “President Chavez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little…”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 5, 2013

Oh, just controversial and stuff.

Serrano 2/2 “..and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots”

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 5, 2013

Here’s a photo of Rep. Serrano and Hugo Chavez, sent out in a press release from Serrano’s office. twitter.com/rebeccagberg/s…

— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 5, 2013

So, he doubled-down on the appalling.

My full statement on the passing of President Hugo Chavez. 1.usa.gov/12scSTG

— Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 5, 2013

His full, despicable statement:

“I met President Chavez in 2005 when he came to my district at my invitation,” said Congressman Serrano. “His focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America. He understood that after 400 years on the outside of the established power structure looking in, it was time that the poor had a chance at seeing their problems and issues addressed. His core belief was in the dignity and common humanity of all people in Venezuela and in the world.

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“When he visited, President Chavez offered a new type of program to the people of the Bronx. He had harnessed the power of his nation’s oil resources and was using their profits—through Citgo—to enact social spending programs. Now he offered people in the Bronx that were struggling economically the same deal. He would provide home heating oil at a huge discount, provided the savings were reinvested in programs that benefited the underserved and underprivileged. I am proud to report that we have benefited from that program ever since, with millions invested in our community through this program and through a grant program he set up.

“Though President Chavez was accused of many things, it is important to remember that he was democratically-elected many times in elections that were declared free and fair by international monitors. Even today, people in North America seem unable to accept that Venezuelans had taken our admonitions to have democracy to heart and elected the leader of their choice. President Chavez carried out the programs that his constituents wanted enacted, and won reelection. This too was revolutionary in the history of Latin America, where coup d’etat have been historically a way of power changing hands—especially during the times of controversial leaders.

“President Chavez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He believed that the government of the country should be used to empower the masses, not the few. He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”

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Update: The RNC rightly condemns Serrano’s statement:

MT RNC’s @franceschi_alex on Serrano: It’s simply insulting that a Democrat Congressman would praise the authoritarian ruler Hugo #Chavez

— Katrina Valdes (@katvaldes) March 5, 2013

RNC condemns Democratic Congressman who praised Chavez in statement after his death: buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynsk…

— BuzzFeed Politics (@BuzzFeedPol) March 5, 2013

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