The respected human rights activist Thor Halvorssen is well known for the role he plays as a leader in this community, but has also found himself explaining his political views on a number of occasions. The Venezuelan activist describes himself as a liberal in his political views and has crossed swords with other activists after he began revealing the human rights abuses committed by socialist and left leaning governments; the traditional stance from liberal human rights groups has been to ignore the issues of human rights in socialist governments as they usually share a political stance with individual activists.
Responses provided by Thor Halvorssen to questions of his political stance have always remained on the same theme of the film producer not particularly caring about politics in any form other than in relation to human rights; the Halvorssen family has a long history of political involvement in Venezuela and Norway, a history Thor does not seem particularly keen to add to. Despite his family playing a key role in the opposition to the socialist Chavez Government of Venezuela and those leaders who have followed in the country after the death of Hugo Chavez, Thor himself has revealed he does not have any plans to run for office; in fact, the need for independence from political issues has led to Thor locating his own Human Rights Foundation in New York where he feels the group will be left to work without obstruction.
Despite the lack of interest Thor Halvorssen states he has in politics he has been willing to aid a socialist newspaper in Norway that was being forced out of business due to financial problems. The opposition Thor Halvorssen has shown to socialist governments around the world who strip their citizens of human rights led to his invitation to appear on the Fox Business Channel to discuss the Presidential candidacy of Democrat and self described socialist Bernie Sanders; Thor Halvorssen has stated his belief he shocked Fox journalists and producers by backing the candidacy of Sanders as his human rights record was untarnished, in contrast to the records of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.