Dissent

GOP Senator Supports Honduras Coup

Another conservative joins the Honduras coup support squad: In direct opposition to President Obama's—and the majority of major world leaders'—denouncement of Honduras' president-ousting coup, DeMint posted a statement on his website today in support of "the people of Honduras" and against ousted President Manuel Zelaya. DeMint characterizes Zelaya as "a Chavez-like dictator" and alludes to previous right-wing distaste for Obama's alleged lack of action on the Iran uprising and other dictators: "I am hopeful that as President Obama grows in office, he will eventually turn away from despots like Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, and Zelaya." Acknowledging that Honduras' coup "is not an ideal transition," DeMint says Obama's and other diplomats' demand for Zelaya's reinstatement is "a slap in the face to the people of Honduras."