Fox News host ridiculed for comparing Denmark to Venezuela
A news anchor on the Fox network has been widely mocked for warning about the dangers of socialism in Denmark, claiming it was a land where âno one wants to workâ.
Appearing on Fox Business, Trish Regan even compared the Scandinavian country to Venezuela, suggesting the people of both countries were victims of the same repressive economic system.
âDenmark â" like Venezuela â" has stripped people of their opportuniti es,â she said.
While many Danes have laughed off the dramatic claims on social media, some of Denmarkâs top politicians felt the need to highlight a few facts about the rude economic health of their nation.
Ms Reganâs comments even prompted Denmarkâs ambassador in Washington to invite the TV host to visit the northern European country to see Danish prosperity up close.
The Fox Business segment, which aired earlier this week, entitled âSomething rotten in Denmarkâ, featured a series of claims about the Danish peopleâs dependence on the state.
Ms Regan attacked the lack of incentives to work because of generous education provision.
âNot only is school free, they actually pay you,â said the anchor. âYou know what happens then? Nobody graduates from school. They just stay in school.â
âBecause thatâs the reality of socialismâ¦ Nowadays all the kids graduating from schools in Denmark, they want to start cupcake cafes.â
Denmarkâs Social Democrats decided to release a video response entitled âSomething is rotten at Fox Newsâ, picking apart Ms Reganâs claims about welfare, school and employment.
Representing the party, the former government minister Dan Jorgensen said: âTrish, youâre wrong. We have a welfare state in our country. This means our society provides opportunity for people. It doesnât strip people of possibilities in their life.â
Danish finance minister Kristian Jensen said Ms Regan âshould come to Denmark if you dare to be confronted with factsâ and pointed out that Denmark was 11 places higher than the US in OECD rankings for employment rates.
Lars Gert Lose, Danish ambassador to the US, also took to Twitter to say he would âlove to assistâ Ms Regan on a trip to his homeland, but quipped she might find the lack of cupcake cafes âdisappointingâ.
Regan has since tried to clarify her remarks.
âI was never implying that conditions in Denmark were similar in any way to the current tragedy on the ground there in Venezuela,â she said.
âI was merely pointing outâ¦ that socialism is not the way.âSource: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark