As a thought experiment, let me replace some words in your anecdote:
“Anyone who is trying to champion capitalism has never lived under it, in the 2020’s people would die in winter because fuel and gas were too expensive, crops would rot in the fields because farmers were sued into submission by Monsanto. Under Trump, nobody could complain because they feared the NSA.“
I’m not saying that any of that is definitely going to happen, but it seems plausible, doesn’t it?
Now, I didn’t make this post to complain about Trump or capitalism. I just wanted to point out that what your Romanian friend is describing has nothing to do with socialism. Your friend is describing a poorly managed totalitarian dictatorship.