Pence meeting takes on greater importance following Maduro showing his true colors

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This is a pivotal week for Venezuela.

Today, Vice President Mike Pence is meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido [Gw-eye-doe] and several other regional diplomats in Bogota, Colombia. Their meeting has new urgency after Venezuela's socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro showed his true colors over the weekend.

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On Friday, the Venezuelan military shot and killed two villagers – a man and a woman – and injured a dozen more. The villagers were apparently trying to stop a military convoy from interfering with deliveries of food and medicine along the border with Brazil. Maduro has closed the border with Brazil to prevent aid from entering the country. Because, you know, they don't need the help. Everything's fine. Socialism's got this.

On Saturday, over 300 more civilians were wounded by Maduro's forces, who also burned two aid trucks. Maduro's regime said it was protecting the country from aid that was poisoned by countries trying to interfere with Venezuela's affairs. He says the aid from the U.S. and other countries is just a precursor to invasion.

By Saturday night, the world-wide top trending topic on Twitter was the Spanish version of "#MilitaryInterventionNow."

A lot of Twitter users may want military intervention to remove Maduro, but so far most Latin American countries are tapping the brakes on that. The attempt to transport humanitarian aid into Venezuela over the weekend was a test of the Venezuelan military's loyalty to Maduro. Despite his crackdown, 100 military officers defected to Colombia and Brazil. One sergeant who defected said:

My colleagues also want to get out, but it's dangerous, it takes courage. People insult us, but they need to understand we are afraid. We are military. If we try to leave we risk prison and even death. They threaten our family.

This humanitarian aid stuff and diplomatic meetings in Colombia may be the wrong approach. After all, Maduro's just a well-meaning socialist dictator who has lost his way a little bit. But Congress has several socialists now, led by Bernie Sanders, who could simply go down to Venezuela and give Maduro some pointers. Maybe lend him a copy of the Green New Deal, so he can adapt it for Venezuela – a Verde New Deal. I'm sure the Venezuela situation is nothing that can't be fixed by socialism done right.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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