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Venezuelan President Rooting for ‘Revolutionary Friend’ Sanders

Bernie Sanders received praise from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who called Sanders his “revolutionary friend.”

“Bernie Sanders, our revolutionary friend, ought to win in the United States,” Maduro said this week during a lengthy televised broadcast, according to a Reuters report.

The Hill reports:

Maduro, a socialist who often criticizes the U.S. and has in the past praised the self-described democratic socialist from Vermont, said Sanders would win in the U.S. “if the elections were free.”

The Venezuelan president said the U.S. relies on an “archaic system that is 200 years old,” according to a Reuters translation. He also predicted that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump could win in November.

“Donald Trump could win with the electoral system they have in the U.S. elections,” he said. “And you know why? It’s because Donald Trump is using a force for change hidden in U.S. society.”

Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, took office in 2013. Sanders called Chavez a “dead communist dictator” in an email to supporters in September, Reuters noted.

Sanders is looking for an upset in the California primary next week, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton looks to clinch her party’s nomination.

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