Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was confronted during a CNN town hall on Monday by a Harvard student whose father’s family fled Soviet Russia.
The student asked Sanders how he could support “Democratic socialism” given the ideologies overwhelming failures.
“My father’s family left soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country,” the student said.
She then asked, “How do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?”
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Sanders responded by railing against the rich, claiming that “we have three families owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society, 160 million people.”
He also claimed the “top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 92%” and “49% of all new income today is going to the top 1%.”
Unsurprisingly, he never explained why socialism has failed every single time it’s been implemented.
“I believe that in a democratic, civilized society, health care is a human right,” Sanders said. “Government should make that happen.”
He continued: “What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. In other words, government serves the needs of all people rather than just wealthy campaign contributors. That’s what it means to me.”
What Sanders refuses to acknowledge is that socialism always leads to more suffering for the people forced to live under it.