Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made the claim that the current civil unrest happening in the socialist country of Venezuela is a product of donations given to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Maddow began her report by discussing a Mic.com article about National Security Officials, along with Trump’s Chief of Staff Steve Bannon meeting with businessmen with ties to Trump’s family in order lift sanctions on Venezuela. These sanctions were put in place by the previous administration in 2014 after 43 protesters were killed in a government crackdown.
Not long after this meeting occurred, Venezuela’s state run oil company donated $500,000 to Trump’s campaign. Maddow discusses Venezuela’s unrest, with footage of rioters and protesters fighting and marching on the streets, with the caption “unrest in Venezuela over Trump donations” displayed at the bottom.
“There have been weeks and weeks and weeks of rioting and violent protests,” says Maddow. “And now today, Venezuelans are enraged anew by this brand new FEC filing from the White House, which shows … while Venezuelans have been rioting in the streets, while there have been acute food shortages and medicine shortages in Venezuela.”
As Maddow continues, she does not mention the government’s socialist policies, and overreaching regulations that have lead to much of the country’s shortages of everything from food to medicine. Nor does Maddow mention the government’s seizure of businesses, including a GM car plant, that were forced to halt operations, costing thousands of jobs.
“This is a country that should be a rich country, but people have literally been starving in Venezuela,” she continued. “Somehow in the midst of this incredible economic and political crisis in Venezuela, Venezuela’s state-run oil company somewhere found a half-million dollars to donate to the very, very, very inexplicably over-funded Trump inauguration.”
MSNBC has since done away with the caption on Maddow’s website, however many copies of the video remain on YouTube. Much like this one.