Romanian Immigrant Who Escaped Communism Begs Americans to ‘Learn from History'
'America is the beacon of freedom and a beacon of hope'
A Romanian immigrant who fled communism to live in the United States warned Americans they should learn from history or "nothing will save you."
34-year-old Bogdan Laurentiu moved from Romania to the U.S, which was previously occupied by the Soviet Union.
Speaking to Fox News, Laurentiu warned of the grim reality of communism:
"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," Laurentiu said.
Laurentiu now lives in the Northeast and works in retail management.
He says he has "no regrets to this day" about fleeing his native country.
Laurentiu recounted the vast sacrifices to succeed in the U.S, but now 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.
Laurentiu said massive criticism from the liberal American media had affected the superpower’s reputation.
He added he was shocked and surprised when he learned that a growing number of Americans favor communism.
"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 recalls the memory of living under Soviet rule, saying it 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 said.
"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.
Laurentiu was prompted to look more closely at American politics after the defund of the police movement became popular in 2020.
Laurentiu 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."