The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan is a very conservative television news and commentary program. She did a show attempting to demonize U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She emphasized that the problem with Bernie was that he is a socialist. On the program she announced that the audience would hear first hand from a liberal commentator about the evils of socialism. Regan then introduced Thor Halvorssen as an expert on all the problems Sanders’ socialism could cause America. But, the plan backfired when Halvorssen quickly corrected her and said that actually he was in favor of Bernie Sanders, because his is the right kind of socialism: true democratic socialism.
Before she could redirect, Halvorssen explained that he was against despotic and false socialism as practiced by oppressive governments, including Venezuela and North Korea. He pointed out that both those countries have evil governments that claim to be socialist. He then outlined how the countries with the wrong type of socialism have histories that are repressive and counter to basic freedoms. He said that a good type of democratic socialist government does support human rights. He explained that Bernie Sanders is calling for the right kind of socialism, such as that practiced by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. He said he supports such countries that are socialist and still strongly support basic human rights and freedoms.
Regan gave up trying to get Halvorseen to make any statement against Sanders and brought up his personal experiences with the wrong kind of socialist government. He agreed and elaborated that it was true, his own father had been a victim of the corrupt despotic regime of the Venezuelan government. He explained that the government had abducted, falsely imprisoned his father and also tortured him because of his political dissidence. He went on to describe how his mother was also attacked. She was shot by a government attack squad while attending a peaceful public meeting. One other victim was killed and ten victims were also wounded. He also mentioned that his cousin is still being illegally held without due process in a Venezuelan prison.