Bernie Sanders keeps telling the truth on the campaign trail and that is why he continues to surge in the polls. In fact, he has collected more votes from people under 30 than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined this primary season. But there is a lot of confusion about the presidential platform of Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist senator from the state of Vermont. There seems to be a negative connotation to socialism. In an effort to slow his rise in the polls, Fox News recently tried to take down the presidential candidate in an interview with Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation.
In the three-minute interview, it is very apparent what Fox News is trying to do. In fact, they don’t even try to hide it. Right at the beginning of the interview, the hostess states that Bernie Sanders wants America to be a socialist country and that socialism is a violation of basic human rights. She repeats herself in her first question. She asks Thor Halvorssen, the world-famous human rights activist, exactly why socialism is a violation of basic human rights. But she gets it all wrong and is about to get schooled by Thor.
The first thing that Thor Halvorssen tries to do is to separate socialism from evil. He tells her that there are great examples of socialist governments in Scandinavia, but also says there are terrible examples of socialist governments such as in Venezuela. But she tries again, asking him why socialism is bad. He then tries to define socialism for her and the viewing audience, but she cuts him off not wanting to get “bogged down in details”, and she keeps pushing him to slam socialism and Bernie Sanders on national television. That’s when he turns it around on her.
Thor Halvorssen, the world-famous human rights activist, is a Bernie Sanders supporter and has contributed $2700 to his campaign. She squeals, “Why?” Because Hillary Clinton has taken campaign contributions from human rights violating dictators around the world and the leading Republican candidates have verbally supported dictators like Vladimir Putin. To him, Bernie Sanders is the clear choice.