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Trump on U.S. without his SCOTUS picks: 'This is Venezuela'


Some Venezuelans say Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reminds them of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Trump, however, makes the opposite argument: without him, a future U.S. Supreme Court would turn the country into Venezuela.

Speaking Monday in Roanoke, Virginia, Trump made a seemingly offhand reference to Venezuela's lack of independent public institutions.

"It's so important that on Nov. 8, you have to get out and vote. If for no other reason, remember this, remember this, strong defense, strong borders, but remember, Supreme Court Justices," he said. "We are going to be appointing anywhere from two to five, it could even be. And if you put the wrong people on, you're back to Venezuela. This is Venezuela."