When Fox Television’s Trish Regan interviewed Thor Halvorssen on her Intelligence Report news program, she announced that he would describe for her viewers the evils of Bernie Sanders and his socialist agenda. Ms. Regan mentioned the US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as being socialist. When she asked him to explain why he believes socialism is a violation of basic human rights, he quickly corrected her by qualifying what the term socialism actually means. He expertly and concisely explained the difference between totalitarian and dictator run governments that claim to be “democratic socialists” and actually responsible democratic socialist governments, as he believe Bernie Sanders supports.
When Thor surprised her by saying he supported Bernie Sanders, she attempted to change the subject and tried to cut the interview short. Undaunted, Thor Halvorssen described a responsible, correctly run democratic socialist government as having similar separation of powers as is done in the government in the USA, and listed Denmark, Sweden, and Norway as three of many many governments that are clearly responsible democratic socialist. Ms. Regan then mentioned that she had heard Thor had personal experience with the wrong kind of socialist government. He then agreed and proceeded to briefly describe how his own father had been jailed and tortured as a political prisoner by the Venezuelan government, which he described as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a abusive dictatorship that had also shot his mother and still has one of his first cousins in prison.
Ms. Regan explained that these negative consequences of a socialist government had led to Mr. Halvorssen creating the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). His HRF fights for basic rights in every government that does not support those freedoms. It also works to raise everyone’s awareness of which governments are oppressing their citizens and denying basic human rights. Thor Halvorssen, who is also a documentary film maker, reiterated that he thinks Bernie Sanders has the right kind of democratic socialism. Ms. Regan then quickly ended the interview, clearly unhappy with Thor making any positive comments about Bernie Sanders or socialism.