An old report has surfaced of Democratic presidential candidate and millionaire socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling millionaire senators “immoral” during his first campaign for office in 1971.
From Daily Wire:
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott reported that Sanders “harshly criticized the wealth of US senators” at the time, “calling it ‘immoral’ that half the members of the Senate were millionaires.”
“Sanders’ decades-old comments, which were picked up in December 1971 by the Bennington Banner, a local Vermont newspaper, are resurfacing as the US senator from Vermont has acknowledged that he is now a millionaire in large part due to his 2016 best-selling book, ‘Our Revolution,'” CNN’s report added.
At the time, Sanders was running for the Senate “under the banner of the Liberty Union Party, a self-described ‘radical political party’ that advocated nationalization of industries and redistribution of wealth to tackle inequality,” according to CNN.
The Sanders camp is admitting the remarks were in fact made by Bernie.
“Sanders believes elected officials should represent the interests of working people, not corporations, special interests or the ultra-wealthy.”
“This view has guided his work in politics, not the pursuit of personal wealth,” Sanders campaign spokesman Josh Orton added. “Senator Sanders’ family has been fortunate, and he is grateful for that because he knows the stress of economic insecurity. That is why he works every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security.”
But some are already trying to spin the CNN story, arguing essentially he’s really not the kind of millionaires of whom he spoke, that “taking inflation into account, $1 million in 1971 is nearly $6.2 million in 2019.”
Sanders, who owns three homes, has not dealt well when pressed about living by the policies that he has advocated for his entire political career.
During a Fox News town hall event two weeks ago, Sanders exploded when asked about “accepting tax breaks that he voted against and why he did not send the money back given the fact that he constantly is claiming that the wealthy need to pay more in taxes,” The Daily Wire reported.
Fox News host Bret Baier pressed Sanders on the issue. Sanders responded: “Pfft…come on…I am, I paid the taxes that I owe…why don’t you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes.”
Sanders then angrily asked why wasn’t Martha MacCallum giving 52% on the money she made back to the government. She very reasonably responded that she hadn’t proposed a wealth tax as he had, nor was she running for president.
Sanders also decried that tax cuts that were passed by President Donald Trump, but he reportedly saved almost $40,000 from it and as far as is known, hasn’t given that back to the government.
How many homes does one need? Why does someone need three homes?