The Socialist Party USA's 2016 presidential nominee and Jesse Watters sparred in a tense discussion Saturday night over the future of the socialist movement in America.

The movement has become more prominent due to politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, who in a shocking upset defeated Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in New York's 14th Congressional District primary.

Mimi Soltysik, now an activist for the party, said Saturday that the nation has yet to see socialism become successful.

He told Watters that he expected him to discuss how the movement is fairing in Venezuela, where the economy is on the verge of collapse.


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Soltysik called discussing the country "a weak talking point."

"Let's look at countries that have universal health care and how they rank against the United States' health care system," he said.

Watters then asked Soltysik at what percentage he'd like to see him taxed at. Soltysik suggested 70 percent, which drew a laugh from Watters.

"This is why you're having a problem right now," Soltysik said. "This smug, smarminess in the face of suffering? It's not resonating with folks. Your days are over."

Watters shared his opinion that socialist countries see more suffering, adding that the United States feeds and protects them.

"The United States destroys the world," Soltysik replied. "You've got to be kidding me."

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