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Salt Bae Hugged Venezuelan Leader Nicolás Maduro, So Marco Rubio Doxxed Him

2018!

Posted on September 18, 2018, at 7:04 a.m. ET

Remember Salt Bae?

Instagram: @nusr_et

Of course you do.

He's Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, who went viral last year for the very extra way that he salted his meats because that was a thing that apparently happened in 2017.

Anyway, Gökçe owns a number of restaurants, including one in the Turkish city of Istanbul, where Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stopped by Monday to dine on his way back from a recent trip to China.

Salt Bae posted this video to his Twitter account, showing him welcoming Maduro with a big, friendly hug.

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Another video showed Salt Bae personally preparing (and presumably salting) Maduro's steak.

Salt Bae chef in hot water after serving Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro https://t.co/TelmJmnZDl

There's just one big problem with Maduro: He's in charge of a regime that has thrown Venezuela into chaos.

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The Latin American country is struggling with shortages of food and medicine, as inflation and crime soar.

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So people were a little pissed that Salt Bae appeared to think Maduro was, well, bae.

FUCK SALT BAE THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE SUFFERING AND THIS GUY HAS THE ODDASITY TO SERVE THE DICATOR RESPONSIBLE OF ALL THIS SHIT A NICE FAT PIECE OF STEAK WHILE MILLIONS OF "HIS" PPL GO HUNGRY IN VENEZUELA

Some wondered whether Salt Bae was "uncultured and ignorant."

I cant believe Salt Bae is so fucking uncultered and ignorant to serve the dictator of Venezuela!!! What kind of piece of shit do you have to be to not know whats going on in the world and blindly serve a killer your food! 🤬🤬🤬

"Salt Bae is canceled," wrote one person.

Another said he hoped Maduro got food poisoning.

Salt bae, unless maduro dies of literal food poisoning tomorrow, you are dead to me.

Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges shared his thoughts on Twitter.

Mientras los venezolanos sufren y mueren por hambre, Nicolás Maduro y Cilia disfrutando de uno de los restaurantes más costoso del mundo, todo esto a costa del dinero robado al pueblo venezolano. https://t.co/ScRZHAsYYM

"While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolás Maduro and [first lady] Cilia enjoy one of the priciest restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people," he tweeted.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was particularly pissed.

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He panned Salt Bae for feeding a dictator.

I don’t know who this weirdo #Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of #Venezuela. He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition. https://t.co/sSNPK9cAAx

And he urged his followers to call Salt Bae's Miami restaurant in protest.

Which started a whole new cycle of people accusing Rubio, a public official, of doxxing or harassing a private citizen.

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Some noted that in June, Rubio had been opposed to the politicization of "dining" after Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a restaurant.

Politics on both sides so tribal it reaches dining,entertainment & sports & where being nasty to those on other side is a sign of commitment to your “political tribe” isn’t far removed from irrational gang rivalries driven by what neighborhood you live in or what colors you wear

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This person said Rubio was being hypocritical.

@marcorubio @nusr_ett @NicolasMaduro Just so I'm clear, it's not ok for citizens to harass government officials while at a restaurant, but it is ok for government officials to use their official position to harass a restaurant? 🤔🤷‍♂️

Whatever you thought of Rubio's tweet, the whole thing was undeniably on brand for 2018.

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Salt Bae later deleted his social media posts praising Maduro.

Representatives for both him and Rubio didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Representatives for both him and Rubio didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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