Human Rights Foundation’s president Thor Halvorssen recently appeared on The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan to talk about Bernie Sanders and his socialist ideals. Thor Halvorssen is an activist for human rights, who has experienced most of his family become victims to overpowered governments.
According to Forbes, Halorvssen’s father was a political prisoner. His mother was shot in Venezuela under the rule of Hugo Chavez, and his cousin is currently a prisoner in Venezuela.
Trish Regan asked why he believes socialism is a violation of human rights, to which he replied, “Countries that do not violate human rights can have socialist governments and that’s perfectly okay.” He goes on to say that the problem lies when someone in charge of a socialist country takes advantage of the system and uses the system to steal from the country while maintaining a disguise of a leader who is helping the country.
Halorvssen says that despite Bernie Sanders’ socialist views he made a large donation to his campaign. “I would much rather have Bernie Sanders be the democratic front runner than someone who takes money from dictatorships,” he told Trish Regan, in reference to Hilary Clinton accepting political donations from countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Thor Halorvssen shares his opinion on how socialism is not the correct way to end poverty. “You end poverty by not redistributing wealth, you end it by creating more wealth.” He ends the interview by reiterating that he would much rather see the United States become a socialist democracy than having a president who accepts money from dictatorships in the Whitehouse.