On Thursday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talked about Venezuela’s economic and social collapse. Instead of focusing on the socialist government’s absolute failure to sustain itself, Maddow tried to pin some of the blame on President Trump.
Brandon Morse of The Blaze writes:
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 … Not long after this meeting occurred, Venezuela’s state run oil company donated $500,000 to Trump’s campaign.
“Venezuela is a country in intense turmoil right now. 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. Another three people got killed in anti-government protests just yesterday.
There have been weeks and weeks and weeks of rioting and violent protests. And now today, Venezuelans are enraged anew by this brand new FEC filing from the White House …”
These are not photoshopped. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow blamed the Venezuelan riots on donations to Trump and not the country’s socialist policies pic.twitter.com/ak1fimjela
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 22, 2017
“… while Venezuelans have been rioting in the streets, while there have been acute food shortages and medicine shortages in Venezuela. This is a country that should be a rich country, but people have literally been starving in Venezuela.
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.
… Venezuela is in dire straits. It does not have the money to spare, and yet they inexplicably dumped a half million on Trump.”
That’s all she wrote. Maddow never once mentioned the reason behind Venezuela’s descent into chaos, simply using the nation’s shortages and anti-government riots as a means of getting to her Trump story.
It is possible to mention corruption on the part of the Trump administration and condemn Venezuela’s unscrupulous socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, in the same segment. However, Rachel Maddow would never do that because socialism is the progressive panacea. To criticize a socialist government – even one as deeply criminal as Maduro’s – is to impugn socialism as a philosophy.
When faced with evidence of failed socialist states, progressives take one of two actions. One, they defend the “good” aspects of the regime, e.g. Cuba’s allegedly high literacy rate – never mind the starving citizens, the lack of sanitary medical facilities for anyone who’s not a millionaire, the detentions, imprisonments, and torture – the literacy rate is great! Two, they claim that the collapsing socialist nation simply didn’t enact socialism “the right way.”
Progressives always find a way to defend or excuse failing socialist regimes. They need the idea of socialism because it informs their own philosophies. If progressives were to admit that socialism has never worked, that it breeds corruption, and that these allegedly thriving utopias are actually nightmarish dystopias brought to the brink of hell by their socialist governments, it would utterly upend the Democratic Party.
Rather than tell the truth, progressives deflect blame and adjust the focus onto their enemies. Venezuela is dying; its citizens are starving; revolution is coming. Why? Because … Donald Trump. That’s why!