Proclaimed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is notorious for slamming the “millionaires and billionaires” saying they are out of touch with middle America. In November, he wrote a lengthy column on CNN criticizing the Trump administration and arguing that the wealthy are “never satisfied with what they have” and always” want more, more and more.”
Sanders’ message of income inequality resonated with many voters in 2016 – and now he himself may know how the other half lives – high above the lower and middle class he professes to represent.
“We live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” Sanders said in a 2016 rally in Conway, New Hampshire. “How many people in America know that we live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world? Not all that many.”
“Almost all of the wealth and much of the income is going to the top one percent. Our job together is to change that reality.”
“There is something profoundly wrong when we have seen in recent years a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires.”
Fox News reports:
A financial disclosure document filed in May shows that the independent lawmaker from Vermont made more than $1 million in 2017, given him income of that figure or more for the second year in a row, VTDigger reported.
Most of that income – $885,767 – came from cash advances and royalties for his 2016 book, “Our Revolution,” which recounted the Sanders’ failed bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
— VTDigger (@vtdigger) June 22, 2018
The same book also outlined the political ideas that helped Sanders pose a strong threat to Hillary Clinton’s bid for nomination.
The remaining $174,000 of Sanders’ income for last year came from his Senate salary.
Sanders has long brandished his credentials as one of the “poorest” members of Congress to rally against income inequality, a threat the senator has called “the great moral issue of our time.”
But the senator’s income places him high above the national threshold for qualifying for the so-called “One Percent,” the group of super-wealthy individuals that is supposedly knocking U.S. society out of balance.
According to a 2013 Economic Policy Institute report, a family needs an income of $389,436 to be in the top 1 percent nationally.
When asked by VTDigger whether Sanders’ income damages his credibility as an advocate for average Americans, the senator’s senior political adviser dismissed the question as “ridiculous.”
“Bernie Sanders continues to fight for working-class people across this country, so I think it’s a pretty ridiculous question,” Jeff Weaver said.