MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow falsely claimed on her show Thursday evening that people in Venezuela are protesting the government over its donations to Donald Trump’s campaign.
This week, vast throngs of Venezuelans have gone to the streets to protest the dictatorial government that led the country into a humanitarian crisis, including shortages of medicine and food.
The opposition coalition that is calling the protests, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), also repeatedly tweeted saying the protests are against the dictatorial socialist government.
Yet on Thursday, Maddow said on her show that the reason people are coming out to the streets was a new report showing that Venezuela’s government donated $500,000 to the Trump campaign.
The records show that Citgo Petroleum, a US-based subsidiary of a major state-owned Venezuelan oil company PVDSA, donated half a million dollars to Trump’s inauguration ceremony fund.
The footage from Venezuela was captioned as “Unrest in Venezuela Over Trump Donations” during the segment on MSNBC about the country and its donations to Trump’s campaign. Maddow, a Rhodes Scholar, said “Venezuela is a country in intense turmoil right now.”
“The sanctions that the US put on Venezuela were put there in 2014 after 43 people got killed while participating in anti-government protests. Another three people got killed just yesterday. There have been protests for weeks and weeks and weeks. And today Venezuelans are enraged anew by this brand new FEC filing from The White House.”
Maddow’s attempt to link the protest in Venezuela to donations to Trump was also refuted by her fellow journalists just down the hallway at NBC News who wrote about the real reasons Venezuelans came out to the streets:
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to protest the government of President Nicolás Maduro as the country marked its 207th anniversary of the revolution that led to its independence from Spain.
The country entered its fourth week of protests following two Supreme Court decisions — to revoke the immunity that protects legislators and to dissolve the opposition-controlled legislature, a move that many including the Organization of American States (AOS) dubbed as an “auto-coup d’etat.”
Interestingly, MSNBC has sheepishly scrapped the unfortunate caption from the official website of Maddow’s show, where the show’s recordings are available, although come up short of issuing an apology. However, numerous recordings of the program on YouTube have shown the caption in its place.
The spokesperson for the show hasn’t answered Heat Street‘s phone calls or responded to an email inquiry.