On Sunday, Democrat Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who is seeking an open U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Udall, posted a video of him making tortillas, which quickly drew fire from many, some even linking his video to Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro munching on an empanada as his country starves.
Luján’s video shows him cheerfully making tortillas “from scratch,” since he apparently ran out according to his tweet. He writes, “Ran out of tortillas for my breakfast burrito, so I got to work making some from scratch!”
One commenter by the name of Dalton wrote, “You taking social media tips from Maduro? He too likes to eat on camera while other people starve. Must be a leftist thing.”
The comment is in reference to Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chávez, who has many similarities to Luján. Most notably, Luján and Maduro like to feed their egos and their stomachs while people they rule over starve. In Venezuela, people have resorted to eating their pets and enduring nearly empty grocery shelves. In contrast, New Mexico, which has been under Democrat rule for over 80 years, has a poverty rate of 19.7%, one of the highest in the nation. New Mexico’s child food insecurity rate sits at 24%.
Videos of Maduro show him feasting on empanadas during a press conference and steak prepared for him by the notorious internet sensation “Salt Bae.”
On Ben Ray Luján’s post, others roasted him for not debating his Republican opponent Mark Ronchetti and for his abysmal career in Congress, which has garnered no bills of his passed into law.