Venezuelan Presidential Challenger Slams Acting President for Calling Supporters "Heirs of Hitler"

Campaign officially starts today; the challenger Henrique Capriles is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors


Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, criticized the country's acting president for describing his supporters as "heirs of Hitler."

Capriles and acting President Nicolas Maduro are both expected to officially announce their candidacy for Venezuela's president on Tuesday. Maduro was named by the late president Hugo Chavez as his preferred successor. Capriles is the country's opposition leader.

Maduro on Sunday compared complaints by the opposition against Cuban doctors working in Venezuela with the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. 

"The heirs of Hitler are leading a campaign in Venezuela against the Cuban people," Maduro said.

Capriles on Monday decried Maduro's statements during a news conference.

"Does he know who Hitler was? If he does, then what he said was atrocious, because he's saying that those who do not think like him are killers," said Capriles.