As Twitchy reported, the Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez has died. Rep. Serrano (D-N.Y.) grossly tweeted the above, upon learning of the news that had most freedom-lovers relieved. Now, finally, may the people of Venezuela achieve democracy. Rep. Serrano, however, mourns the loss of a dictatorial tyrant. But, hey, what else is to be expected from a man who wants no presidential term limits here?

Disgusted Twitter users give the representative the business.

Sadly, he is.

And sadly, some probably do. Will any denounce his repugnant statement?

Shame on you, Rep. Serrano.

Update:  Serrano’s office issues statement.

Oh, just controversial and stuff.

So, he doubled-down on the appalling.

His full, despicable statement:

“I met President Chavez in 2005 when he came to my district at my invitation,” said Congressman Serrano. “His focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America. He understood that after 400 years on the outside of the established power structure looking in, it was time that the poor had a chance at seeing their problems and issues addressed. His core belief was in the dignity and common humanity of all people in Venezuela and in the world.

“When he visited, President Chavez offered a new type of program to the people of the Bronx. He had harnessed the power of his nation’s oil resources and was using their profits—through Citgo—to enact social spending programs. Now he offered people in the Bronx that were struggling economically the same deal. He would provide home heating oil at a huge discount, provided the savings were reinvested in programs that benefited the underserved and underprivileged. I am proud to report that we have benefited from that program ever since, with millions invested in our community through this program and through a grant program he set up.

“Though President Chavez was accused of many things, it is important to remember that he was democratically-elected many times in elections that were declared free and fair by international monitors. Even today, people in North America seem unable to accept that Venezuelans had taken our admonitions to have democracy to heart and elected the leader of their choice. President Chavez carried out the programs that his constituents wanted enacted, and won reelection. This too was revolutionary in the history of Latin America, where coup d’etat have been historically a way of power changing hands—especially during the times of controversial leaders.

“President Chavez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He believed that the government of the country should be used to empower the masses, not the few. He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.”

Update: The RNC rightly condemns Serrano’s statement:


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  • Danny Wheeler

    Ugh… to quote Bill Engvall, “Here’s Your Sign”, Mr. Serrano.

  • Maxx

    “Jose, the check’s in the mail.”

    Sean Penn

  • FrancisMcManus

    Chavez imprisoned political rivals and even deported some.

    Chavez also built health clinics and schools. He used oil revenue to fund these important improvements all over Venezuela.

    Venezuela continues to supply oil to the United States even when George W. Bush was one of Chavez favorite political targets. The oil is sold by Venezuela at a discount to people in New England who qualify for LIHEAP.

    • Russel aka ‘Rusty’ Shackleford

      Francis, he couldn’t sell it anywhere else if he actually wanted to. The only refineries on the planet that can crack the sour, heavy crap they call Venezuelean Crude are all located within the US. Either Venezuela sells its oil to the US or it can drink it, no other alternatives. Charity ain’t got nothing to do with it.

    • NRPax

      As long as he made the trains run on time, you’re fine in telling us his good points?

    • CarolinaGirl3

      This nitwit must be a staffer in Serrano’s office.

    • KansasGirl

      I didn’t realize Chavez had oil revenue.
      Oh, that’s right, he stole it.

    • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

      1- say with a straight face that the venezuelan healthcare system works
      2- say with that same face that said hospitals work or even HAVE the required equipments
      3- who looks worse: the president that yelled “yanqui imperialism” and yet had to depend exclusively of said imperialists for what little excuse for an economy they had; or the one who bought the oil to sell to those who needed it

    • Guest

      He was a Roman Catholic and did a lot to help the poor. We should commend him for that. These “burn in hell” comments are disgusting.

      • CarolinaGirl3

        I’m sure you cried like hell when the tinpot in North Korea bit the dust, too.

      • TugboatPhil

        If by “help the poor” you mean that he created many more of them, then yes I guess he did “help” them.

        Roman Catholics don’t normally “necklace” their political opponents with gasoline laden tires.

      • truckee22

        What he did to “help the poor” had a lot more to do with buying votes then a desire to help anyone (other than himself). He was a brutal dictator, who took a stable country with a decent (by S.American standards) economy and wrecked it, created an army of govt armed thugs to terrorize opponents, changed or disregarded any laws that didn’t support his quest for power; all in his bid to be create the socialist utopia that would keep him in power.
        Idiots that say he “helped the poor” are blind at best.

        • Miss Clairee

          Sound like anyone we know???????????

          • truckee22

            Well that’s just crazy talk. Don’t talk about the Dear Leader like that. The drones are watching.

      • NRPax

        Hugo committed atrocities against his people that went against Catholic teachings. And frankly, no one cares how disgusted you are.

      • wwbdinct

        Burn in hell Hugo – burn in hell!

      • Dapandico

        Roman Catholic because he partnered with Joe Kennedy?

      • sacha

        If you are so disgusted by the comments stop reading them, duh?

    • S H

      Hey; the ussr had the first public healthcare… so what. anyway, instapundit just pointed out today is Joe Stalin’s death day too. Awesome.

    • wwbdinct

      Hey Frannie – I’ve seen the commercials with Joe Kennedy lavishing praise all over the kindness of Hugo Chavez and the “home heating oil program”. I guess you never heard of the term “propaganda”, have you? Did you know that Hitler also built health clinics, schools and made the trains run on time. Take your socialist utopia BS, get on a plane and move your ass over there if you love it so much.

    • NotFromHavana

      So he spread a few crumbs around while he sentenced every person in the country to live as state serfs who barely have enough to survive. Pathetic.

  • KansasGirl

    I hope Chavez smelled sulphur when he took is last breath.

    • CarolinaGirl3

      I’m sure he did. I imagine Saddam and Adolph are planning his welcome party as we speak.

      • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

        dont forget gaddafi

      • Matthew Koch

        It’s Adolf not Adolph. You don’t wanna tick off the Austrians by misspelling his name so you? They might attack us with pastries and lederhosen!

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    if by “empowering the powerless” he means fucking up a country’s economy and creating the worst burocratic machine seen in any modern day latin american country, then yes he empower the powerless

    • sacha

      You mean just what Obama and the Democrats are doing to the U.S. Chavez’s acts of empowerment sound just like Obama’s plan to make sure everyone pays their fair share so everyone gets a fair shot or fair deal in life. How’s that economic recovery working out? How’s that Affordable Healthcare working? How about all those ‘green energy’ jobs? I just wish Obama would stop trying to help us because I don’t think we will survive any more of his ‘help.’

  • TugboatPhil

    Our local CBS affiliate was doing the story about Chavez’s death. With a straight face the anchor read that “Chavez was elected 3 times.”

    As much as I wanted to watch the weather this evening, I changed the channel.

    • Miss Clairee

      Well unfortunately TbP, our local FOX commentator was reading the story tonight….straight-faced, zombie-like as well. Do these people not know who and what this man stood for?


    The air smells much cleaner today with this load of puss firmly beginning to decay.

  • PittsburghTiger

    Yeah Serrano…he REALLY empowered the powerless….to the tune of $2,000,000,000 in his OWN freakin’ pockets!

    Why do you leftists LOVE dictators?

    • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

      because of the whole “people” speech, you know the one im talking about

    • V the K

      Progressives/Left-wingers love dictators who hate America; because they have that in common. Also, because in the chest of every leftist-progressive beats the heart of a wannabe fascist dictator.

  • agroulx

    I could name a hand full of others who I wish this would happen to. Rot you hell you bastard.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    All those Venezuelans dealing with chavez created food shortages, breakdown of the social order, and lack of jobs are not feeling the power.

  • SpinMeNot

    Mr. Serrano, Mr. Chavez is sending you a message from the beyond. “I’ll be here waiting for you, BHO, and EH. No hurry, there is enough degradation to last us all through eternity.”

  • Yabba_Dabba

    America: you will see a lot more of this kind of filth. The 11,000,000 illegals which all Democrats and a lot of Republicans are about to make legal will elect filth like Serrano and Obama for decades, to the ruin of the country.

    • Bill Gryan

      That’s what I was thinking too. He said it because his polling has told him that a lot of immigrants (legal and illegal) would love to see Chavez-style redistribution in this country. Of course, it hasn’t occurred to these immigrants that the reasons this country became a place they wanted to live was exactly BECAUSE we didn’t have a Chavez.

      • Yabba_Dabba

        And I’d add the reason they left their sh#thole of origin in the first place was because of corrupt socialistas and demagogues like Chavez (and Obama).

  • S H

    What a douche… the longer version is just a ‘keep digging’ example. The rep just proves again that you can be a socialist nut and be elected as a democrat in 2013…

  • Dick Beninya

    Jose, you are trash.

  • © Sponge

    Disgusting. Just flat out disgusting. THIS is what is wrong with America. We elect communist sympathizers because we’ve been overrun with lazy bastards that just want free s#!t. Thanks, entitlement generation. You truly SUCK BALLS.

  • jb

    Jose says Chavez came from “from very little”. Forgot to add that he left this world a billionaire! He certainly didn’t amass that fortune while in his army role. Jose is a little envious I think. (and the illiberals beat up on Alan West for saying that the Dems had >80 members in a socialist caucus.)

  • stillinthe60s

    I read on Drudge how this man of the poor had $2 billion plus in some bank. I’m sure he only stole…er taxed the rich and would have doled all that cash out in the slums of Venezuela if he hadn’t worked himself to the death for his people.

  • daeghrefn

    Media types need to start demanding of lib politicos “will you repudiate what Serrano and Carter said about Hugo Chavez??? Huh? HUH????”

  • Steve-o Notgivnitout

    This speaks volumes, if not about the DNC and the Party, about at least many who run as (D)’s. They are MORE than willing to praise a guy like Chavez, who wanted to see the U.S. destroyed, but they hate and despise Americans who disagree with them and want the U.S. to continue.

    Call me crazy, but isn’t that just about the OPPOSITE of what their oath of office calls for?

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    “Empowering the powerless”…by making sure everyone in said hermit kingdom is equally cowed, downtrodden and powerless.

    Which is empowering.


    To a Bronx Congressman…that looks like “Zolo” from Romancing The Stone.

    Sweet fancy Moses.

    You guys realize we pay these people, right?

    • sacha

      Yeah we are paying these a$$holes to screw us over. We are paying for our own demise, and none of them, Democrats and Republicans, deserve one cent of our hard-earned tax dollars.They all suck but especially theses commie loving Democrats.

  • Ed

    Honestly I don’t see a problem with this statement. I hate when liberals pounce on mundane opinions of conservatives. So I don’t support conservatives who do it to liberals

    The man represents the poorest congressional district in America. Stands to reason he is an unapologetic Leftist that would support much of Chavez’s platform.

    • HWarrior13

      Ed, I think you meant to write that he represents the LAZIEST, FLITHIEST, MOST MORALLY CORRUPT, ETHNICALLY BANKRUPT, LAW BREAKING “people” in America…There, I fixed it…You’re Welcome.

  • geronl

    He loved the poor, he made so many of them poor!

    • richard40

      Good point. Chavez proved his love of the poor by making so many of them. Maybe this moron Seranno has the same goal, for that matter maybe Obama does as well.

  • geronl

    If your politicians are mourning a commie thug dictator, you have elected the wrong politicians

  • massjim

    Rep Serrano, go stand beside Dennis Rodman. Please leave room for Joseph Kennedy and Sean Penn.

  • jumper297

    This man is a dangerous moron, NY must be proud. He also wants to repeal term limits for President, so it seems his admiration of Chavez, although wildly idiotic, is honest… and he wants to position Obama as the same.

  • richard40

    If marxist dictator loving morons like Seranno are typical of the dem party, no wonder we are in trouble.

  • richard40

    Every time any minor repub figure says something incredibly stupid like this, every prominent repub politician in the country wil be confronted by reporters, who will demand the statement be repudiated. Will the same thing happen here, will reporters all over the country be asking dem politicians whether they agree with serannos statement. Of course we know the answer, there will be total silence.