Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Endorses Fellow Socialsit Bernie Sanders

Sanders is 'our revolutionary friend'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has endorsed fellow socialist Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for president, calling him “our revolutionary friend.”

In a televised address on Tuesday, Maduro criticized the U.S. election system, which he called “archaic,” for putting Sanders at a disadvantage.

"If the elections were free,” Maduro said, “Bernie Sanders would be president of the United States."

Socialist Venezuela, which has been criticized for lack of transparency in elections, frequently denounces the U.S. government and accuses it of imperialism. The South American country is also prone to blaming its economic woes on Washington, and the two countries do not exchange ambassadors.

Maduro, who has publicly denounced President Barack Obama, said Sanders “ought to win in the United States.”