Backers of Venezuela’s Guaido Showing Signs of Fatigue After Failure to Take Over

Maduro's survival seems likely after a year of efforts

Nearly a solid year after the Trump Administration declared opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful ruler of Venezuela, it is increasingly conspicuous that he has failed to take over the country. At home and abroad, supporters are starting to re-examine things.

Guaido continues to urge his supporters to keep pressing forward, and dismisses reports that look bad for his future prospects as fake news. Yet it’s increasingly apparent that President Maduro is on track to survive, with the US not even threatening to invade to impose regime change very often at this point.

This is being presented as mental exhaustion, after a year-long push for power which has already seen one failed coup attempt. But people are also discouraged as they’re not clear how to advance the cause after everything has seemingly failed.

And even there, the answer seems to be blaming Maduro’s government for psychological warfare. It’s not that they haven’t tried to discourage the regime change efforts, of course, but after all this time it’s clear there are also some very real reasons to be discouraged.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.