During MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, a chyron was displayed claiming that the protests in Venezuela are because of President Donald Trump.
Thursday’s show suggested that the $500,000 donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration from a subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-run oil company is the reason for the recent protests.
Although the country is facing a food and medicine shortage due to almost 20 years of socialist mismanagement, Maddow’s show displayed a headline at the bottom of the screen that read: “Unrest in Venezuela Over Trump Donations.”
During the show, Maddow said, “Venezuelans are enraged anew over by this brand new FEC filing from the White House [showing]… that Venezuela’s state-run oil company somewhere found a half million dollars to donate to the very, very, very inexplicably overfunded Trump inauguration.”
Although Maddow did not specifically say the protests were started because of the donation, the only explanation she gave for the unrest was that “the sanctions that the U.S. put on Venezuela were put there in 2014, after 43 people got killed while participating in anti-government protests.”
MSNBC later apologized for the chyron and released a statement:
“Rachel was clear in calling the protests in Venezuela ‘anti-government,’ but the banner on the screen while she said it was not correct. As a TV show, we have to get them both right, and sometimes we miss.”