During a televised speech on Thursday, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro reached into his desk, pulled out an empanada, and took a healthy bite:

Meanwhile, the nation over which Maduro rules starves to death.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

The most recent Caritas study of 800 children under the age of 5 in Yare and three other communities showed that in February nearly 11% suffered from severe acute malnutrition, which is potentially fatal, compared with 8.7% in October. Caritas said nearly a fifth of children under age 5 in those four communities suffered from chronic malnutrition, which stunts growth and could mark a generation. ...

Nine in 10 homes said they don’t make enough money to buy all their food, according to the poll of living conditions. Nearly a third of Venezuelans, 9.6 million people, eat two or fewer meals a day, up from 12.1% in 2015, the poll found; four of out five in the nation are now poor.

The food crisis in Venezuela is so dire that some citizens have resorted to eating dogs, raiding farms, and digging through garbage for scraps of food.

As Nicolas Maduro consolidates power and feeds himself empanadas, his people are dying in the streets.