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Anderson Cooper compares Capitol riot to Rwandan genocide

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CNN host Anderson Cooper compared rioters who were involved in the Capitol raid to third-world genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, during CNN’s coverage of the Senate impeachment trial on former President Donald Trump Tuesday night.

Genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda left hundreds of thousands of people dead. In just 100 days in 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists. The Jan. 6 Capitol raid killed five people.

“We’ve seen it in Bosnia, we’ve seen it in Rwanda, where radios was telling people – you know, Hutus were telling the radio listeners that the Tutsi are cockroaches, you know, getting them ginned up for genocide,” Cooper said last month on CNN.

“And you see it in these videos where people who claim they are patriots are in the face of a police officer calling him you know… gouging out of the eye of one, squeezing one in…suffocating one in the doorway,” he continued.

Back on Jan. 12, Cooper used the same comparison by saying Trump supporters talk about Civil War “as if it’s some sort of a cleansing.”

“I was in Rwanda in the genocide briefly, I was in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan… I hear people talking about civil war in America as if they know what they’re talking about. As if they know what that looks like…I am so upset when I hear these people at rallies — Trump rallies talking about Civil War as if it’s some sort of a cleansing.”

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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