Venezuelan-Americans Warn Voters: 'Don't Let Socialism Happen Here' - WATCH
Hispanics warb young Americans of the reality of socialism
A growing number of young American voters are expressing a desire to support socialism as candidates like Bernie Sanders shows signs of becoming the Democratic 2020 nominee.
Now many Hispanics living in the United States have expressed horror at the possibility of socialist becoming president.
Though many leftist media outlets seemingly go to great lengths to U.S. democratic socialists are different than Latin American leftists, some Venezuelan-Americans don't see any distinction.
Only last year, Sanders admitted that 'socialist' Venezuela is going through a “serious humanitarian crisis” before calling on the Maduro regime to cease the violence and allow aid to come into the country.
“The people of Venezuela are enduring a serious humanitarian crisis,” Sanders wrote on Twitter.
“The Maduro government must put the needs of its people first, allow humanitarian aid into the country, and refrain from violence against protesters.”
American Venezuelans are now trying to warn voters of the horrors of socialism.
Daniel DiMartino, a young activist, told TheBlaze how the late Hugo Chavez fooled many of his fellow countrymen into believing the country was poorer than it was.
"We were able to put food on the table, work hard, and pay for what we wanted. We were rich but didn't know it," DiMartino said.
"I don't want Americans to wake up one day and find themselves saying the same thing."
Victor Perez, a Venezuelan-American finance executive in Miami, Fla., warned too many voters in the U.S. are allowing themselves to be misled by candidates like Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"We were too arrogant to pay attention, and we thought what happened in Cuba would never happen to us — we were wrong," Perez said.
"I'm now seeing the same arrogance from Bernie Sanders' backers and so-called 'democratic socialists' that we had. They say, 'oh, but we have checks and balances that wouldn't allow that to happen.' You know who else thought that? We did! The same Venezuelans who are now searching through trash to find food," he said.
Another young woman said that while socialism promises to help the poor, it eventually fails them.
"People are eating from trash bags in the streets, so how has socialism actually helped the country?" she said, referring to the food shortages in the South American country.
"Check your history, look at the news. Look at all the countries that have failed under a socialist government, like Cuba, like Venezuela," another rally-goer noted.
Last year, a Venezuelan who escaped Venezuela in his teens had revealed the reality of the socialism and the Maduro regime and gave a warning to anyone supporting Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Green New Deal backed by the Democrats.
Daniel Di Martino, who grew up in Venezuela before his family escaped when he was 16, said that his family went from thriving in the upper-middle-class down to making a mere two dollars a day.
Di Martino recalled how life "fell apart" under the now-disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and former President Hugo Chavez.
“By the time I left Venezuela in 2016, we had a blackout every week -- and I was privileged,” Di Martino told Martha MacCallum.
“I hear what I heard from the socialist regime in Venezuela, ‘everything is alright," he continued.
“People are starving in Venezuela because policies such as the one that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [supported] in her Green New Deal, which in reality is just the ‘red new deal’ which is just a socialist wish list, would destroy the U.S. economy and lead us into the path of Venezuela.”