In the 1988 race for the White House, for whatever bizarre reason, the Democrat Party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), thought it would be a good idea to cruise the parking lot of the General Dynamics facility in Michigan.
The same facility that also doubled served as a proving ground for the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
So there he was, manning the .50 atop the copula, helmet and all. Needless to say, Dukakis got his ass handed to him by George HW Bush.
But when Dukakis lost his bid for power, he certainly didn’t face being strung-up heels first on a girder in a Esso gas station in downtown Milan, à la Benito Mussolini.
Yet if he doesn’t mind his manners, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro very well could share the same fate as Il Duce.
Nonetheless, another historic figure Maduro did follow was that of Gov. Dukakis. Specifically, Dukakis’ famed tank ride.
As seen in the video below (courtesy of RT.com, the English-language propaganda arm of the Kremlin), Maduro is seen tooling around the waters, presumably off of Caracas, in some broken-down Soviet-era amphibious vehicle, helmet and all.
As the old saying goes, save the best for last. That’s exactly what the Russian puppet masters did with their South American marionette.
The pièce de résistance of the raw footage showed the ex-bus driver turned tough guy attempting to lead a column of troops in their morning run.
Needless to say, this 350+lb food blister wasn’t videoed “leading” the soldiers for any measurable distance, but the video did quickly cut to the scene of Maduro walking at the head of the column.
Not since Kim Jong-un being filmed hanging out with North Korean soldiers has a dictatorial strongman looked more the clown.