It’s communist solidarity, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro knows a fellow Marxist when he sees one. He’s certain Bernie Sanders will bring the “benefits” of socialism to the U.S.; the same benefits that are now being enjoyed by all the suffering citizens of Venezuela.

CNN: – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro believes Bernie Sanders would be headed to the White House if the U.S. held “free” and fair elections.

During a television broadcast on Tuesday night, Maduro — who has expressed support for Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, in the past — called the Democratic candidate “our revolutionary friend” and said it was only “an archaic (electoral) system that is 200 years old” keeping him from the presidency.

Maduro’s comments, heard on a video translated by Reuters, were less complimentary of the presumptive Republican nominee.

“Donald Trump could win with the electoral system they have in the United States,” Maduro said. “And you know why? Because Donald Trump is using a force for change hidden in U.S. society.”

Neither campaign responded immediately to requests for comment.

Telegraph: “If the elections were free … Bernie Sanders would be president of the United States,” he added.

Mr Maduro was more critical of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, though he predicted that the property mogul might win in November.