A young man who said American capitalism is to blame for Venezuela's downfall debated Tucker Carlson.

Dakotah Lilly of Students And Youth for a New America said observers should acknowledge "what Venezuela is facing is terrorism by the opposition."

Lilly also pointed to the frequency of elections in the country as a reason that years of socialist policies are not to blame.

"Every country that tries this economic system ends up in poverty," Tucker Carlson said, calling what has happened this past decade in Caracas "fairly predictable."

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Lilly said U.S. sanctions on the Chavez and Maduro administrations put undue burden on the oil-rich country. He added that former President Jimmy Carter's organization certified the country's elections.

"What stake does Jimmy Carter have in calling undemocratic elections democratic?" he asked.

Lilly defended the country's socialist politics and criticized capitalism's effect on the country.

Carlson said Lilly was "making excuses" for Maduro and pointed to authoritarian moves like banning gun ownership and policies that have led to dire shortages of things like toilet paper.

"It's a total disaster. Why not say so? ... Why make excuses for them?" he asked.

Watch the riveting debate above.

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