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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Venezuela and Presidential Legitimacy.”

Now, the U.S. president Donald Trump has decided that he will determine who is and isn’t the legitimate leader of a foreign nation. He has said that Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela was illegitimate, and he supported Maduro’s opponent for leadership of the nation. What if Maduro declared that Trump, who received some 3 million less votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton, was illegitimate? Who would listen? For truth, Trump sits in the White House only because of the slavery era artifact known as the Electoral College, an institution designed to deny democracy to millions of Africans and to assure southern hegemony. Isn’t the so-called Electoral College fundamentally illegitimate? The Electoral College should be immediately abolished. In a September 9th, 2018 edition of the New York Times, Trump officials touch base with Venezuelan military officials to support a coup against president Maduro. For much of the 19th and the 20th centuries, the U.S. decided who should rule all throughout Latin America based upon such nonsense as the Monroe Doctrine, a pretext for American imperialism. Lest we miss the play, Monroe is back. What a shame.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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