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Entry from August 16, 2020
Little Venezuela

"Little Venezuela” is a nickname for a city, state or even a country that embraces socialism and falls into economic and social decline. The nickname refers to Venezuela under the “Bolivarian Revolution” of Hugo Chávez from 1999-2013, and also the following administration.

New York City under Mayor Bill de Blasio was called “Little Venezuela,” especially in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd protests, when crime increased and many businesses were looted. Unlike New York City’s other “Little” nicknames, such as “Little Italy” and “Little India,” the nickname of “Little Venezuela” does not refer to people from the country of Venezuela living in an area of New York.

“New York on the way to becoming little Venezuela. Just don’t take the rest of us with you” was posted on Twitter by Mike Truman on July 7, 2018. “We can call new york state, little Venezuela now” was posted on Twitter by Joseph on September 13, 2018. “New York has a new name little Venezuela” was posted on Twitter by Hank Thomason on January 27, 2019.

“After 100 years, the nickname “The Big Apple” introduced by sports writer John J. Fitz Gerald, has run its course. What’s the new nickname for New York City?? DeHole 17.2% DePoop 12.1% little Venezuela 70.7% 58 votes · Final results” was posted on Twitter by Inspired on August 7, 2020.

Wikipedia: Venezuela
Venezuela (/ˌvɛnəˈzweɪlə/; American Spanish: [beneˈswela]), officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish: República Bolivariana de Venezuela), is a country on the northern coast of South America, consisting of a continental landmass and many small islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea. It has a territorial extension of 916,445 km2 (353,841 sq mi) and the population of Venezuela was estimated at 28 million in 2019. The capital and largest urban agglomeration is the city of Caracas.
Bolivarian government: 1999–present
The Bolivarian Revolution refers to a left-wing populism social movement and political process in Venezuela led by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, who founded the Fifth Republic Movement in 1997 and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in 2007. The “Bolivarian Revolution” is named after Simón Bolívar, an early 19th-century Venezuelan and Latin American revolutionary leader, prominent in the Spanish American wars of independence in achieving the independence of most of northern South America from Spanish rule. According to Chávez and other supporters, the “Bolivarian Revolution” seeks to build a mass movement to implement Bolivarianism—popular democracy, economic independence, equitable distribution of revenues, and an end to political corruption—in Venezuela. They interpret Bolívar’s ideas from a populist perspective, using socialist rhetoric.

Hugo Chávez: 1999–2013
A collapse in confidence in the existing parties led to Chávez being elected president in 1998 and the subsequent launch of a “Bolivarian Revolution”, beginning with a 1999 Constituent Assembly to write a new Constitution of Venezuela. Chávez also initiated Bolivarian missions, programs aimed at helping the poor.

Mike Truman
New York on the way to becoming little Venezuela. Just don’t take the rest of us with you.
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Jim Hanson
· Jul 6, 2018
You are a sad & silly person
Anyone willing to be governed by you deserves their fate https://twitter.com/CynthiaNixon/status/1015287106032340999
2:55 PM · Jul 7, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Keith W. Peterson
Replying to @AOC
Awesome, trying to bring a little Venezuela to the New York area. Great idea…
8:33 PM · Jul 10, 2018·Twitter for Android

Replying to @AOC
We can call new york state, little Venezuela now.
11:07 PM · Sep 13, 2018·Twitter for Android

Replying to
That’s why TX is doing GREAT. No DEMS in charge for a long time. Compare to NY/ NJ/CA/MA/IL.....It’s why even democratic voters move to you and other red states. Don’t become another “little Venezuela” like NEW YORK.  @#WalkAwayFromDemocrats2018
10:50 AM · Nov 1, 2018·Twitter Web Client

CJ [Not Listed]
Replying to @HutchBailieJr and @BreitbartNews
NYC will be ‘Little Venezuela’ in no time flat!
4:43 PM · Jan 12, 2019·Twitter for Android

Replying to @NYCMayor
Little Venezuela
3:41 PM · Jan 24, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Hank Thomason
Replying to @RepLeeZeldin
New York has a new name little Venezuela.
8:16 AM · Jan 27, 2019·Twitter for Android

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Replying to @Btully41Tully @rea1951 and @FuctupMike
No more Little Italy. Little Venezuela under Mayor DeBlasio & Gov Cuomo.
9:14 PM · Feb 4, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

dave dallaird
Replying to @SenGillibrand
Thank you for pointing out that NYC doesn’t take care of the very people that they claim they love! It’s typical of any Democrat stronghold! They are little Venezuela’s!!!
9:09 AM · Feb 7, 2019 from New York, USA·Twitter for iPhone

Replying to @ReutersBiz
That was a very smart move from Amazon..NYC is now100% socialist governed city..NYC will be known as little “Venezuela” soon very soon..Many businesses will be moving from New York state and very few will be relocating as well..we will have two Flag of United States’s soon, socialist & capitalist
8:48 AM · Feb 15, 2019·Twitter for Android

Replying to @bbusa617
Socialist policies already taking effect I see Soon NYC & NYS will be known as little Venezuela
8:48 AM · Mar 12, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Hey @BilldeBlasio we know who u r, the worst Mayor ever
Highest debt
Highest welfare recipients
Rampant homelessness
U have done nothing 4 NY ever
U r turning NY City in2 little Venezuela
8:40 AM · May 16, 2019·Twitter for Android

Candy Lamb
Replying to @JonathanTurley
@BilldeBlasio would be happy turning NYC into a little Venezuela. It’s his dream!
8:27 AM · May 6, 2020·Twitter for iPad

NY Soon to be referred to as Little Venezuela. See how they like the lack of basics while their taxes are raised to give to illegals.
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Lee Zeldin
· Jun 3
NYC still hasn’t even entered Phase 1 reopening of its economy from coronavirus.
7:41 AM · Jun 4, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Replying to @ChuckCallesto
All I can say get the heck out of NYC and let them live in this little Venezuela
10:04 AM · Jun 7, 2020 from Jacksonville, AL·Twitter for Android

@DNC @NYCMayor @NYGovCuomo @RepAOC @chuckschumer you all must be so proud. You’re all foolish disgraceful representatives of the taxpaying citizens. Where is @Giuliani? We need him back. Vote red NY or you won’t recognize it in a few years. It’ll be little Venezuela
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Dan Bongino
· Jun 30
Decades of success in controlling crime in New York City have been undone in just a few years. De Blasio is a cosmic-level disgrace who has decimated my former home town & destroyed thousands of lives in the process. It’s a tragedy unfolding in live time & it’s tough to watch.
7:01 AM · Jul 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Russ Sacco
Replying to @GeraldoRivera and @NYCMayor
Pretty soon NYC will be known as little Venezuela
12:35 PM · Jul 9, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Amy E. Zornes #servingrealestateneedsfromatoz
Hey NYC residents, when you’re ready to move away from @BilldeBlasio and @NYGovCuomo s little Venezuela, we’re happy to have and help you in the Buckeye State. Look me up and we’ll find you the perfect house. I’ve lived all over the country and found
9:03 AM · Jul 10, 2020·Twitter for Android

Replying to @arnoldpeterso13
New York City will be little Venezuela.
11:43 AM · Jul 10, 2020·Twitter for Android

tex willis
Replying to @ScottPresler
Because people are sick and tired of these dumbasses trying to turn this great country into a Little Venezuela!!  Trump 2020!
5:35 PM · Jul 12, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Merritt Rice
Replying to @ChuckCallesto
Little Venezuela! Enjoy socialism NY!
11:27 AM · Jul 13, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Replying to @DoingRight1
So in summary @AOC is saying that NY is just a little Venezuela.
1:13 PM · Jul 13, 2020·Twitter for Android

Eleanor Starr Levi
Good bye New York, hello little Venezuela!
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Sean Hannity
· Jul 26
de Blasio Directly Quotes KARL MARX, Communist Manifesto During Interview https://hann.it/3hE3O6r
10:05 AM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Winston Smith
Little Venezuela in USA…
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James Woods
· Jul 27
2:00 PM · Jul 27, 2020·TweetDeck

Bacchanal Time
Have you guys checked out little Venezuela lately?
oh i mean Portland
same thing
democRATS would be better off putting Maduro on the ballot
same thing
5:20 PM · Jul 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

patriot jewel
Replying to @nypost
No one cares what’s next for the Yankees.  NY is becoming a sh*thole.  Turning into a little #Venezuela
9:22 PM · Jul 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Jenny Avila #MAGA2020 #KAG2020
In Venezuela, we call it “Vacuna” (Vaccine) it is a never ending story. If you stop paying for the “vaccine”, they throw explosives at your business or kidnap your relatives. (Venezuela on steroids) #AskAVenezuelan States ruled by Democrats are little Venezuela’s…
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Kyle Kashuv
· Aug 2
Called it.
3:07 PM · Aug 2, 2020·Twitter Web App

Replying to @bfraser747 and @gatewaypundit
Sounds to me like he’s turning into a little Venezuela. New York will be the new Venezuela.
1:01 PM · Aug 5, 2020·Twitter for Android

Replying to @GovernorBullock
Bullock wants to rig the election and turn Montana into little Venezuela.
If you value your rights don’t vote Democrat EVER
12:14 AM · Aug 7, 2020·Twitter Web App

After 100 years, the nickname “The Big Apple” introduced by sports writer John J. Fitz Gerald, has run its course.
What’s the new nickname for New York City??
little Venezuela
58 votes · Final results
3:49 PM · Aug 7, 2020·Twitter Web App

NY, IL, WA, MN, CA & OR need to secede from the U.S. & create their own little Venezuela Somalia Crime Ridden Lawless Countries.
12:49 AM · Aug 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

(((James Roth)))
NYC is becoming “Little Venezuela”.
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Julia Song
· Aug 13
Is traveling to NYC nowadays just willful suicide?
3:20 AM · Aug 13, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

G. Behn
Replying to @seanhannity
DeBlasio is doing his best to turn NYC into Little Venezuela! Is there a competition between big-city Democrat leaders as to which Democrat can totally ruin their city the fastest?
12:25 PM · Aug 14, 2020·Twitter Web App

american freedom
Ooh California going to be little Venezuela before long!!!  A practice run for leftists..
4:39 PM · Aug 14, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Charles Freedberg
Democrat cities are turning into little Venezuela’s.
5:06 AM · Aug 16, 2020·Twitter for Android

Bagger Wills
Replying to @RealJamesWoods
Our Nation’s greatest city. Reduced to little Venezuela
2:33 PM · Aug 16, 2020·Twitter for Android

M. R. Travis
Replying to @seanhannity
Can’t blame them! Who wants to live in Little Venezuela? (Los Angeles.—ed.)
10:39 AM · Aug 17, 2020·Twitter for Android

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