Carlson blasts supporters of Venezuela intervention: 'Has it ever worked?'

Fox News’s Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonMegyn Kelly, Bill Maher agree on 'Real Time': 'The media's so messed up right now' Gabbard tells Fox that Clinton's 'Russian asset' remark is 'taking my life away' Megyn Kelly to appear on Bill Maher's 'Real Time' on Friday MORE lambasted supporters of U.S. intervention in Venezuela on Tuesday night, suggesting they “care more about Venezuela than they do this country.”

“Would the overthrow of [President Nicolás] Maduro make Venezuela a more stable, prosperous country? More to the point, would it be good for the United States?” Carlson said, specifically pointing to calls for intervention from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). “Before the bombers take off, let’s just answer a few quick questions, starting with the most obvious: When was the last time we successfully meddled in the political life of another country? Has it ever worked? How are those democracies we set up in Iraq and Libya and Syria and Afghanistan?”

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Carlson further claimed sanctions against the South American nation hurt America’s middle class by increasing gas prices. If pro-interventionists "are indeed good people, why do they seem to care more about Venezuela than they care about this country, the one they run?" he said.

The Fox News host brought on Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartOn The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers House passes stopgap as spending talks stall MORE (R-Fla.), who argued that left unchecked, Russia and China could expand their influence in the country, resulting in an “open door” for Russia to affect South American geopolitics.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoState Department removes NPR reporter from Pompeo trip Overnight Defense: US military jet crashes in Afghanistan | Rocket attack hits US embassy in Baghdad | Bolton bombshell rocks impeachment trial Please stop calling the impeachment proceeding a trial — it's a charade MORE claimed earlier today that Maduro had been prepared to flee to Cuba during an apparent coup attempt before the Russian government convinced him to remain. Pompeo endorsed the apparent coup attempt by National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, tweeting that “the U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy.”