Reaching new lows in the political discourse and bigotry, Pedro Carreño, a governing party legislator, has unleashed a tirade in the country’s legislature using gay slurs in trying to discredit the opposition, namely against Henrique Capriles,
The lawmaker displayed photos in the National Assembly on Tuesday showing a top aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles dressed, along with other men, in women’s clothing, apparently at a party. He suggested, without elaboration, that the photos proved the aide’s involvement with drug traffickers and male and female prostitution.
Here’s the video (in Spanish) of Carreño on the floor of the National Assembly, definitively NSFW,
Carreño tried to backtrack but was not alone: National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello piped in, too, and, of course Nicolas Maduro,
President Nicolas Maduro hurled more invective Wednesday, alluding during a public event to lascivious material that he insinuated was seized from Lopez.
“Just 1 percent what was discovered was shown” in the National Assembly, Maduro said. “The videos and photos of orgies are not publishable.”
Most likely because there aren’t any?
Maduro later stated that it’s OK to be gay only if you’re chavista (18:00 into this Venezuelan propaganda video). He also called the opposition “these people are the worst that can happen”, while holding Carreño as an example of good conduct.
Vile statements from a ruling party, vile statements from anyone.
The end not only justifies the means, but there seems to be some joy in the means, however perverse, whether we are talking about the murders when the opposition used to march, allowing Franklin Brito to die, jailing Judge Afiuni, the Tascón list or using material obtained by the police in the National Assembly to express your most homophobic and hateful feelings against your opponents.
the whole spectacle is but another smokescreen promoted by the Government to divert attention from other more pressing issues like incompetence, corruption, the economy, and municipal elections.
Caracas Chronicles is partly correct: It indeed is a smokescreen, but it also is a targeted attack meant to discredit Capriles. They want Capriles crushed, and this new attack, as part of the government’s phony anti-corruption campaign, is not simply a smokescreen, its aim is to build a case for jailing him.
Over in Uruguay, putative gay rights activist Mariela Castro remains totally silent.