“I’m not saying that every system in the world is perfect, but to be in favor of communism, considering history and everything that has been documented throughout the years, it’s sad. It’s really sad,” Bogdan Laurentiu told Fox News.
Laurentiu, 34, moved from Romania, which was previously part of the Soviet Union, to the U.S. with a friend in 2010, leaving his entire family behind. He works in retail management, lives in the Northeast and says he has “no regrets to this day.”
He said he made more sacrifices than he could count in order to succeed in the U.S. But after a decade in the U.S. he said he feels, “very grateful, very honored to be here and to have the opportunity to live in America.”
“People all across the globe see America as a beacon of freedom and a beacon of hope,” Laurentiu told Fox News. But he added that loud criticism from American media and the political left have affected the superpower’s reputation.
“If anybody would have told me before I came to America there would come a day when I would encounter or meet American citizens in favor of communism, I probably would have laughed in their face,” he said.
Laurentiu said the memory of living under Soviet rule is still fresh in the minds of eastern Europeans.
“In my 24 years of living in Romania, I have not heard one person talk positively about communism,” he said.
“But when you talk with people here about it and you tell them about … the lived experiences of people that lived under communism and how life was there … they tell you that you don’t know what you’re talking about,” Laurentiu told Fox News.
“We’re not talking about socialism here. We are talking about actual leftists that are in favor of communism and everything that that entails … because they read a theory,” he said, referring to Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
Laurentiu was never interested in politics until the defund the police movement became popular across the nation in 2020. It prompted him to look more closely at political forces within the country.
He now runs a political commentary TikTok account, “The Conservative Immigrant,” which has over 110,000 followers.
“It’s very important for us to learn history,” Laurentiu said. “And not just a part of history that suits our narrative.”
“A lot of people are just woke because it’s trendy, because it’s popular … rather than having a little bit of critical thinking and acknowledging everything that this country is offering,” he told Fox News. “The system is not perfect. I’ll be the first one to admit that. It’s not perfect. But if you put your mind to it, the impossible can happen.”