This week, sitting in the garden of the humble rural home where Chavez grew up, Maduro even said Chavez had appeared to him in the form of a little bird that flew above his head and sang to him while he was praying in a chapel.
“I felt his spirit, like a blessing, saying ‘the battle starts today, onward to victory, you have my blessing.'”
He repeated the story at Wednesday’s rally, condemning the mockery from opposition supporters that his tale had provoked.
The “little bird” story has gone viral in Venezuela.
“God forgive them their bad ways and hatred,” Maduro said.