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Maria Elvira Salazar claims Colombia is under the threat of socialism with Petro

In Colombia, the left-leaning candidate Gustavo Petro and sectors of the right-leaning Uribista groups keep clashing.

Gustavo Petro, senador colombiano y precandidato presidencial y María Elvira Salazar, congresista republicana de los Estados Unidos
Gustavo Petro, senador colombiano y precandidato presidencial y María Elvira Salazar, congresista republicana de los Estados Unidos | Twitter

November 17, 2021 9:04pm

Updated: November 19, 2021 11:42pm

Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar addressed the upcoming elections in Colombia and the role of the populist left-wing politician and presidential candidate Gustavo Petro during a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Salazar, who covered Latin America during her time as a journalist, claimed that she has the knowledge to talk about these topics, such as the Colombian elections.

During the congressional hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Salazar said that Colombia is under “the threat of socialism” with candidate Gustavo Petro. If elected, Petro would seek to move towards socialism and Marxism, which only brings about misery and oppression, she claimed.

“There are many Colombian exiles in my district. Nobody wants to leave their country, they all want to live in Colombia, be with their people, where no one will take anything away from you, or where no guerilla threatens you,” she said.

As the daughter of Cuban exiles, she can understand how Latin America wants to live in freedom and democracy, Salazar claimed. Latin Americans do not want to live in the regime of “repressive bureaucrats” with pretensions of perpetuating themselves in power, which is something that Petro seeks to do in Colombia, she argued.

The congresswoman claimed that the Biden Administration did not know who the real Gustavo Petro is. She explained that “the ex-militant of the Colombian guerilla” poses a threat to the democracy of the country.

“He is a thief, a socialist, a Marxist, a terrorist, and he is leading the polls for the presidency of Colombia,” said Salazar about Petro.

In response to the Congresswoman’s accusations, Petro asked her for respect and accused her of intervening in the decisions of Colombian citizens.

Petro also claimed that former president Álvaro Uribe intervened in the U.S. presidential elections.

“Uribe illegally intervened in the U.S. to elect this congresswoman and now she is intervening in the free decision of the Colombian people,” said Petro.

Petro pointed out that he was elected with more than eight million votes.

Hours earlier, Petro reacted to the meeting between presidential candidates Juan Carlos Echeverry, Enrique Peñalosa, Federico Gutiérrez, and Alejandro Char. “One Urbista + another Urbista + another Urbista + another Urbista. What do we get? Duque II,” he said.

Uribe did not take long to respond to Petro’s comments. “Dr. Petro has been generous with me, he calls everyone who opposes him an Urbista. I am selfish. To stop being selfish, he should not insist that he is a Chavista, and should instead recognize that Chavez is a Petrista,” Uribe tweeted.