WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Following Hugo Chavez’s death on Tuesday, the longtime opposition leader to U.S. foreign policy in Latin America proved to have at least one American fan – filmmaker Michael Moore.
Moore – the Academy Award-winning director of “Bowling For Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” – posted glowing reviews of the late socialist leader on Twitter, who he met personally in recent years.
“We spoke for over an hour. He said he was happy 2 finally meet someone Bush hated more than him,” tweeted Moore. “You won’t hear much nice about him in the US media in the next few days. So, I thought I’d say a couple things to provide some balance.”
Chavez was the president of Venezuela, having held that position from 1999 until his death on Tuesday. He was formerly the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when he became the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
Following his own political ideology of Bolivarianism and the “socialism of the 21st century”, Chavez focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country.
Moore’s tweets also took a shot at U.S. policy towards Latin America.
“54 countries around the world allowed the US to detain (&torture) suspects. Latin America, thanks 2 Chavez, was the only place that said no,” tweeted Moore. “That made him dangerous. US approved of a coup to overthrow him even though he was a democratically-elected President.”
Moore also defended Chavez’s socialist-leaning political and economical policies during his presidency in Venezuela.
“Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl,” tweeted Moore. “He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75 percent of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all.”