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Speaking at a CNN town hall on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped short of calling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator,” saying “there are still democratic operations taking place” in the war-torn country.

Sanders’ comments followed news that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his production crew were detained in Caracas following an interview with Maduro.

Univision said Ramos and his team were “arbitrarily detained” because the anchor asked Maduro questions he didn’t like. The network’s president of news, Daniel Coronell, later confirmed that Ramos and his crew were released, but that the Maduro regime still confiscated their equipment and the interview footage.

Yep, just another uplifting day of work in country where starving children are forced to eat their beloved family pet.

It’s a rather interesting sequence of events at a time when Jorge Ramos, Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, and other members of the mainstream media are voicing fears that President Trump is attempting to stifle and silence the freedom of the press.

WIBC host Tony Katz:

“Everybody knows that socialism is the problem – that socialism has led to all the disaster that is Venezuela. Representative Ocasio-Cortez can say this is about authoritarianism and a failure of democracy all she wishes; of course it’s a failure of democracy, because it’s the success of socialism, and this is what socialism does. She has no argument that can be made.

…And the people who want to bring these ideas here in mass – where’s my guarantee we don’t end up like Venezuela?”

Tony has more in today’s Popcorn Moment: