A supporter of President Donald Trump confronted Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a town hall meeting in Burlington, Iowa, on Dec. 14, accusing Sanders of being hypocritical.
When handed a microphone to ask a question, the man sent a message for the president, “Mr. Donald Trump, keep going, man. You’re doing a good job.”
Regarding Sanders, the man said, “I don’t agree with anything you say … I voted for you in 2016. I’ve been to Vietnam and seen what socialism has done. It’s destroyed my wife’s country,” according to Daily Wire.
As the crowd booed and laughed, he continued: “You know what, I’m a liberal.”
“Yeah, you can laugh all you want,” he said, “when they’re putting you in concentration camps.”
He continued to talk about the use of concentration camps in socialist countries before the audio feed from his microphone was cut.
“Donald Trump is helping our country. All right? He’s a good man … Socialism does not work,” he added.
“I’m sick and tired of you lying,” the man went on to say in this video from the Sanders campaign.
“Because you’re wealthy. You … two and a half million dollars.” The man was referring to reports on Sanders’s personal wealth.
Sanders at this point tries to move the conversation on, saying anyone is entitled to raise a viewpoint. “Just don’t disrupt the meeting.”
“Socialism doesn’t work! Socialism doesn’t work!” the man shouted. Police approached him as Sanders supporters yelled, “Get him out of here,” and he was escorted out of the room.
In October, a Venezuelan assemblyman challenged Bernie Sanders to stroll on the streets of the South American socialist country for a week without bodyguards.
“I suggest that Bernie Sanders take a week and go to Venezuela without bodyguards, and go onto the street and [use his] cellphone to [see] what’s going on,” the former lawmaker Jose Guerra said in a video interview with journalist Nicholas Ballasy on Oct. 15.
In a message to Sanders and other Democratic socialists, Guerra said, “They don’t understand what is going on in Venezuela.” He added, “This is a dictatorship… [There are] 400 political prisoners. They are persecuted, like me. And it’s a new dictatorship, but it’s a dictatorship.”
Meanwhile, a survey released on Nov. 25, by Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports found that 69% of all Likely U.S. Voters rate a free-market system as better than socialism. Just 12% think socialism is a better economic system, and 18% are undecided.