‘I supported your coup, answer me’: Marco Rubio mocked for #GuaidoChallenge selfie
The US’ open endorsement of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has touched on the farcical, with Florida politicians tweeting #GuaidoChallenge selfies to jump on a Venezuelan viral campaign.
No movement gets anywhere without a publicity stunt these days, not even one to oust a president. The #GuaidoChallenge took off on Friday after Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez released video footage from a Caracas hotel, purportedly showing National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó meeting with Diosdado Cabello, the congressional leader of Maduro’s ruling Socialist party.
The clips show an unrecognizable man in a hoodie and baseball cap meeting with Cabello. Guaidó has denied the meeting. Anti-government Venezuelans supported Guaidó by sharing their own selfies, posing in hoodies and caps, with the hashtag #GuaidoChallenge.
#GuaidoChallenge I'am Guaido pic.twitter.com/xuYUiPJPgc— Sahily Urbaez (@Sahilita) January 26, 2019
Never one to pass an opportunity to bash Maduro or get some publicity, Florida Senator Marco Rubio jumped on board.
#GuaidoChallengepic.twitter.com/tceqJaIWJT— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 26, 2019
Rubio was followed by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, and Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
#GuaidoChallenge@marcorubio@Yusnaby@carlaangolapic.twitter.com/QiXTv3xRj4— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) January 26, 2019
#GuaidoChallengepic.twitter.com/OUWOQN1Qux— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 26, 2019
Rubio, who has advocated military intervention in Venezuela before, prompted an array of reactions.
“Is the challenge to make it look like you’re hiding out in the Colombian embassy because you don’t have any popular support in the country the US just appointed you to lead?” one asked, referring to Guaidó’s rumored whereabouts since he declared himself interim president last Wednesday.
Is the challenge to make it look like you’re hiding out in the Colombian embassy because you don’t have any popular support in the country the US just appointed you to lead? https://t.co/Z96JDSMk0i— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) January 27, 2019
January 27, 2019
You versus the guy she told you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/9KfGThInqE— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 26, 2019
Uh oh! look out now they have street cred.— Eric Jones (@EricJon61125429) January 27, 2019
“How shameful it must feel to have your family flee a US puppet, right-wing dictator, only to spend your career trying to impose them on the rest of Latin America,” wrote journalist Mike Prysner. A Cuban-American, Rubio’s family fled to the United States in 1956. Rubio has claimed that his parents fled communist “thug” Fidel Castro, but Cuba was in fact under the rule of US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista at the time.
How shameful it must feel to have your family flee a US puppet, right-wing dictator, only to spend your career trying to impose them on the rest of Latin America.— Mike Prysner (@MikePrysner) January 26, 2019
Rubio’s show of solidarity did garner some support, however, with Americans donning their baggiest hoodies and sharing their own photos.
Thanks @marcorubio x your support. #GuiadoChallenge and stay united!! pic.twitter.com/VvIaTfBD3T— Fermin Carlos Garcia (@DrFerminGarcia) January 26, 2019
January 26, 2019
With Rubio handling social media duties, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, demanding that the world “pick a side” in the power struggle between Guaidó and Maduro. Pompeo’s State Department promised to give Guaidó “the resources he needs to lead the government of Venezuela,” including $20 million in humanitarian aid.
Maduro’s government considers the US’ endorsement of Guaidó a “vile” coup attempt, but has promised to allow US diplomats to conditionally stay in the country.
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