Former Fox News host Eric Bolling clashed with hosts of “The Young Turks” outside of the Democratic presidential primary debate.
The heated exchange was over the historical success — or failure — of socialism.
In video capturing the exchange Bolling asks “Young Turks” hosts Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur to name a country that has had success with a socialist government. Kasparian refers to Norway and Sweden, countries Bolling dismisses as not truly socialist. He argues they only have socialized medicine. He goes on to name Venezuela and Cuba as prime examples of why socialism doesn’t work.
Kasparian at one point in the video accuses Bolling of not letting her answer questions.
“He keeps taking the mic away because he knows I have answers to his questions,” she says.
On the subject of Venezuela, Kasparian babbles about how it wasn’t a good example of socialism until Bolling says, “socialism fails.”
The liberal host replies, “that is not socialism!”
Uygur tried to back his cohost up naming Norway and Sweden as examples of successful socialist governments, which Bolling again dismisses.
The conservative commentator called those countries “quasi-socialist, they’re socialized medicine.”
Bolling and Uygur then debated the differences between communism and democratic socialism. Uygur said the United States is a “mixed economy” and began to talk about the difference between public programs and socialized programs such as Medicare and social security.
“People like free stuff,” Bolling interjected.
“It’s their taxpayer money,” Kasparian replied.
Uygur at one point even strangely said that “people have weighed in” and they “love social security.”
The debate then got truly heated when the GOP’s tax cuts were brought up and the two hosts and Bolling disagreed about job growth equating to wage growth. Kasparian said the jobs that have been added to the economy are “crap jobs” and “temporary jobs.”
When Bolling shot back that the economy itself has grown healthier, Kasparian called him a liar several times.
“I am calling you a liar, and you know you’re a liar!” she said.
“I am not a liar,” Bolling said. When Kasparian continued to call him a liar, Bolling said the interview was over.
Bolling then turned to Uygur and shook his hand and said he respected him despite disagreeing. He had previously said the two have a “history.” Bolling then pointed to Kasparian and said, “there’s no reason to go this way…this is where you lose the argument.”
The exchange was filmed for “The Young Turks” and Bolling’s “America This Week.”
Whether you agree with Bolling’s politics or not, he is completely right about Kasparian being out of line. An interesting debate between two different sides was spoiled by Kasparian’s immaturity and her need to throw out childish insults. This is part of the reason the country is so divided and it is so difficult for conservatives and liberals to talk and exchange ideas. People who need to resort to petty insults and don’t show respect for people who disagree with them are driving wedges into the culture and modern politics and it needs to stop.
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