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Whoever made the call for Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, to visit a Venezuelan restaurant while in the Miami area may want to reconsider the decision.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee was in Doral last week, which has a sizable Venezuelan population, along with her husband, and paid an unannounced visit to Amaize Latin Flavors to glad-hand diners for a nice photo op.
(CNN contributor Ana Navarro, an alleged Republican, also accompanied Harris.)
But with President Trump calling Biden a “Trojan horse for socialism,” insisting that he’s a “puppet” for the “socialist” agenda of the party’s radical left-wing base, the visit was fraught with risk.
Slate described Trump’s strategy to win over Florida Latinos as “portraying Biden as the second coming of Fidel Castro.”
Or Hugo Chavez.
And polling suggests it’s working — even Slate said the “socialism attack” could be “particularly effective, targeting Cuban Americans … but also a growing number of more recent arrivals from Venezuela and Nicaragua who are understandably wary of even the whiff of socialism.”
Andres Garcia, president of the board of the directors of Amaize Latin Flavors, told NBC 6 that they would not have approved the visit had the campaign asked. And the reasoning was not exactly politically motivated.
Local news disaster for @KamalaHarris in Doral, Florida.
She visited a Venezuelan restaurant *unannounced* — and the owner was left angry, customers called for a boycott.
She was "not welcome"… pic.twitter.com/Vhh6lAIAbW
— The Hill Report (@StandWithAZ) September 15, 2020
“We don’t use the company for political reasons,” Garcia said. “In respect to our stakeholders, we would not support that. If they would ask we would say no, we are not going to do it.”
Garcia said he found out on social media that Harris was at the restaurant, as some people were calling for a boycott of the restaurant.
“I learned the hard way sometimes when we look into the social media and we take it for granted what people say on social media,” he told the NBC affiliate.
— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) September 10, 2020
In a rather tone-deaf response, a campaign spokesperson said: “Sen. Harris and Doug greatly appreciated the chance to stop by and pick up delicious arepas and talk to local Doralzuela residents.”
If any group of people understand the perils of socialism, it may be Venezuelans, who have seen their country ravaged under socialist rule.
Here’s a sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:
She chose a Venezuelan restaurant? Not smart.
— Lady Patriot #200 (@lynn_weiser) September 15, 2020
The DNC should have sent Joe instead. That way they could claim he wandered in by mistake looking for his car.
— Weird Turn Pro (@TurnWeird) September 15, 2020
It’s almost as if they have first hand knowledge of socialist policies and realize that its terrible.
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Adam🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@imhooks) September 15, 2020
He is Venezuelan. He knows personally about the disaster of socialism/communism. The reason he is also not direct with his answer about his rationale is he is also quite familiar with the tactics of those groups: intimidation and harassment of businesses.
— cmac (@cmacirish) September 16, 2020
Good for you @amaizeyou !!! Thank you for welcoming everyone regardless of their political affiliations. We applaud you for rejecting Democrats desire to use minorities for their political agendas. Good luck to you in the future!
— Politically Stripped ™️ 🇺🇸🗽 (@politstrip) September 15, 2020
They flee communism and repression and @KamalaHarris has the guts to show up ?
— rs (@rdeulofeut) September 16, 2020
Sure this will be on @CNN
— Joe (@isthisforreal81) September 15, 2020
Amaize balls!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— CFO (@GrandpaTMoney) September 15, 2020
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