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Clinton supporters in San Diego, CA, on June 2
Clinton supporters in San Diego, CA, on June 2
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If foreign endorsements are any reflection of the quality of the U.S. presidential campaign, we are most certainly doomed.

Democrat Bernie Sanders, who is facing a do-or-die party primary in California on June 7, got the helpful support of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The Latin American leader, himself facing angry calls for his ouster, has presided over an economic crisis in which his government has shuttered schools as well as cut water, electricity and phone service. Venezuela's El Universal reports that the embattled president referred to Sanders, the self-declared socialist senator from Vermont, as "our revolutionary friend."

"If the elections were free, Sanders would be president of the United States … because the people are looking for a change," said Maduro, who knows a thing or two about people looking for a change.

Back on the campaign trail in California, Sanders could hardly be blamed for quietly ignoring the endorsement.

A day later, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump got a stellar endorsement from another quarter of the globe. North Korea — that bastion of democratic values — backed Trump, with propaganda website DPRK Today praising him as "not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is," but "actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate."

Well, if North Korea said it, it must be true.

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