Pompeo's Venezuela Tweets Sound Familiar

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is tired of illegitimate elections. He believes strongly that free and fair elections are the cornerstone to any democracy, and he’s willing to commit whatever resources necessary to fight disinformation around voting—in Venezuela, of course.

This is rich coming from a guy who just a few weeks ago “jokingly” said there would be a peaceful transfer of power to a second Trump administration. That sent the internet into a tizzy for a few days, leaving onlookers openly wondering if the Trump administration were fumbling their way through a half-assed coup attempt.

Still, arguably the funniest thing about Pompeo’s series of tweets regarding Venezuela’s illegitimate elections is how differently they can be read based on political leanings. To someone on the left, it’s a farcical statement about election integrity coming from an administration unwilling to accept the results of an election they themselves just lost; to someone on the right, Pompeo calling the Venezuela legislatives illegitimate directly echoes the president’s sentiments toward the American presidential election. Someone reasonable might point out to both those opinion holders that the Trump administration attempted a far more comical coup against Nicolas Maduro and nearly every American politician, Republican and Democrat, supported Juan Guaidó, the U.S.-backed interim president.

Pompeo’s tweet condemning Venezuela’s elections aren’t the first time he’s used Twitter to say something horribly ironic. Condemning China for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic may have some merit, but it’s a little disingenuous coming from someone whose boss parrots conspiracy theories while lording around without a mask and spreading the virus like wildfire. It’s par for the course for an American Secretary of State to condemn countries guilty of the exact same behavior as the United States, but it’s still a little on the nose, even for someone as clumsy and poorly spoken as Pompeo. The irony would be a little richer if America’s coup-fomenting imperialist foreign policy didn’t have nearly unanimous bipartisan approval.