Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the presidential campaign of Democratic Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He is drawing huge numbers at rallies, has been the subject of Saturday Night Live skits and is drawing ever closer to the front runner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. His popularity among young voters is staggering and his brand of politics seems to be the future of the Democratic Party. This wave of liberalism seems to be staring the Fox News network, a notoriously conservative news organization. But their recent attempt in attacking Sen. Sanders in his agenda has turned into a viral video clip in support of the Democratic Socialist, in an ironic twist of fate.
The news organization must not have vetted their interviewee, Thor Halvorssen. The young human rights activist is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation and is an outspoken opponent of authoritarian dictatorships and their crimes against humanity. His organization promotes democratic ideals, exposes corruption and helps the victims of political crimes. But for some reason the news network thought he was against Democratic Socialism, asking him why socialism is a violation of basic human rights. He then attempted to educate the hostess of the three minute interview. She wouldn’t let him.
He articulately explained why socialism is not a problem, pointing at successful democratic socialist governments in Europe. He then talked about Venezuela, where authoritarian rule corrupted socialism and where his father was imprisoned and tortured. Unchecked centralized power is the problem, not the form of government. He then tried to define socialism for the hostess, but she did not want to get bogged down into “too many details”.
If you’ve ever seen Thor Halvorssen in an interview, he is always very well spoken and articulate, so you have to look closely for his frustration in this viral video. It bubbles over. That’s when he calmly states his support for Bernie Sanders and his opposition to Hillary Clinton, who he claims has taken donations from the dictators he condemns. The hostess then realizes she’s missed her opportunity to slam Bernie Sanders and wraps up the interview quickly.