Tuesday, on "The News & Why it Matters," Joanna Rodriguez, a political commentator who grew up in Venezuela, joined to share some insight on what is really going on in Venezuela today.

In this clip, graphic video footage showed protesters being run down in the street by military tanks. Host Sara Gonzales asked Joanna about the fear she must live in considering that her family lives in Venezuela. Rodriquez replied:

What is scary is that you don't have connection with them (family) because the internet connection is spotty, they can only communicate really through What's App whenever they have the ability to communicate with us ... after that image was shown, it was being broadcast on CNN and I think that it is important to note that CNN International was cut off after that in Venezuela, so they did a blackout and I believe that BBC International was as well.

Watch the full episode here.

Rodriguez added she had been berated on Twitter for speaking out against Venezuela and had faced questions about why she did not support American intervention in Venezuela.

Rodriguez said also that, though many Democrats are speaking out against the dictator in Venezuela and have called for him to step down, far-left Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders are remaining silent.

Click here to watch the full episode.

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