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2022-June-25  10:23

Jason Kishineff: Venezuelan Elections More Free, More Fair Than US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Jason Kishineff, political activist, says Venezuelans enjoy free general elections, while Americans are restricted in their votes.

Speaking in an interview with FNA, Kishineff said the US is bombarding the public with the disinformation campaign that “Nicolas Maduro controls the government and the media with an iron grip controls the elections by fear and his censoring of opposition voices. This could not be further from the truth: there are multiple news sources in Venezuela, including harsh opposition to Maduro. The reality is that Venezuelan elections are more free and more fair than US elections, which include hundreds of thousands of voters being wrongfully purged from the voter list, closed polling locations, super delegates, gerrymandering and exit polls that differ from the final results sometimes by as much as 15%, which is more than five times the US government's own measure of election fraud (3%)”.

“People [of Venezuela] participate in elections because most of them feel the government is listening to them… most people just do not want their country to become an economic colony of the United States… The message that I am receiving is that Venezuelans do not want the United States to come in and colonize their country,” he added.

Jason Kishineff (Democratic Party) is an American political activist based in California. He ran for election to the US House to represent California, but lost to Incumbent Mike Thompson (Democratic Party).

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: Venezuela’s recent elections are an improvement over past votes, as after the boycotts in 2018 and 2020, this time the opposition candidates made an all-out effort to win. What does it indicate?

A: If the opposition had performed better in the election, I would say that the effort of the opposition reflected a confidence in being competitive, but instead I think that, especially after 2020, there was a growing international awareness that the boycotting only reflected that they knew they were not going to win. But even more, locally, not participating was not helping to grow their movement. There must have been some decision by the leadership to try to achieve some victory they could point to as something to grow from. And they did not get that. What I think will happen is that there will be a reshuffling of the cards. Juan Guaido will be replaced as the face of the CIA-backed opposition, but it is not going to do any good because most people just do not want their country to become an economic colony of the United States. Venezuelans are not unique in this position.

Q: Opposition candidates participated in state and local elections which were monitored by the international observers. On what grounds does the US claim the elections were “grossly skewed”?

A: The US is counting on the majority of its citizens not knowing enough about Venezuela to contradict their claims, which are that the evil Nicolas Maduro controls the government and the media with an iron grip controls the elections by fear and his censoring of opposition voices. This could not be further from the truth: there are multiple news sources in Venezuela, including harsh opposition to Maduro. The reality is that Venezuelan elections are more free and more fair than US elections, which include hundreds of thousands of voters being wrongfully purged from the voter list, closed polling locations, super delegates, gerrymandering and exit polls that differ from the final results sometimes by as much as 15%, which is more than five times the US government's own measure of election fraud (3%). Let's not forget that Hillary Clinton colluded with the media and the DNC to rig the 2016 primary, telling her friends in the media that she wanted them to elevate Donald Trump because she thought she could beat him, which ensured voters had two right wing choices in the general election.

Q: What is the message of Venezuelan voters to the US, and its supported opposition?

A: The message that I am receiving is that Venezuelans do not want the United States to come in and colonize their country. Venezuelans have received land for farms, so they can feed themselves while the US is trying to make their economy scream, they have healthcare and an education. People participate in elections because most of them feel the government is listening to them. None of that was true before Hugo Chavez took office, Maduro's predecessor. Chavismo has made a better Venezuela for Venezuelans. And while I think the message to the US is "keep your hands off our country", I think the message that people in the US need to hear is that the system that has been demonized for almost 100 years, the system that we are told is the real cause of the scarcity that US sanctions have created, and that we are told will turn our country into.... well... Venezuela, is actually liked by people who live in it. But there is a second, more important, message that is vital for the American people to hear, and that is that US sanctions are siege warfare against the working poor of a country, and that they kill just as surely as bombs.