‘I Plead Guilty to Have Written a Book’: Bernie’s Best-Seller Has Him Defending Capitalism at Every Turn

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Thanks to a best selling book, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been making one of the better cases to support capitalism out of any candidate in the 2020 race.

The senator — who is known for his unabashed pride in democratic socialism — found himself in a predicament after his tax returns revealed that he became a millionaire after the 2016 election. While that would be the opposite of a problem for most people, that’s not the case for Sanders.

He has spent most of his career bashing millionaires for being greedy and damaging the country.

In a 2012 Facebook post, Sanders claimed that a “political war” needed to be waged against the wealthy, writing:

“Let us wage a moral and political war against the gross wealth and income inequality in America, the worst in the industrialized world, which is tearing this country and our economy apart.”

The right-wing in this country is waging a war against women and, let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are…

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He routinely condemned millionaires on Twitter throughout the 2016 presidential election. The senator claimed that he was uncomfortable with the number of millionaires increasing in the United States.

He even jabbed President Donald Trump for having several millionaires on his cabinet, suggesting that they shouldn’t be there because they are part of the “establishment.”

He once even said he would “be damned” before he let millionaire Congressmen pass social security legislation.

But lately, Sanders doesn’t seem to mind the fact that America has one more millionaire after his best selling book raked in a pile of cash.

As IJR previously reported, Sanders addressed his millions during a campaign speech in Gary, Indiana, where he told the crowd he did nothing wrong writing a best-seller.

“I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best seller. […] I don’t apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times bestseller, that was translated five or six times.”

He made a similar statement last week during his Fox News town hall, where he said he wouldn’t “apologize for writing a best-selling book.”

“[The money] came from a book that I wrote. A pretty good book. You might want to read it. It was a best-seller, it sold all over the world, and we made money. So if anyone thinks that I should apologize for writing a best selling book, I’m sorry. I’m not gonna do it.”

During his CNN town hall Tuesday night, Sanders seemed to even acknowledge that his followers see it to be a crime that he made millions, noting the he “plead guilty” to being a millionaire.

“Alright. Are you ready to have me plead guilty? I plead guilty to have written a book, which was an international bestseller. And when you write a book that makes it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, you make money. And I made money.”

Sanders maintains that his wealth doesn’t change anything, saying, “I don’t think anybody seriously believes that because I wrote a best-selling book and made money, that I’ve changed my views and you’ll now hear me saying, ‘Gee, maybe we want to give tax breaks to millionaires.'”

But after a career of claiming that the capitalist system ensures that the rich only get richer by making the poor poorer, Sanders doesn’t seem to feel any guilt about his “international bestseller” turning him into a millionaire.

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Chrissy
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You fell short of your “I will be donating all funds above $250,000 to charity” speech. After taxes of course. Or are you using some of those millionaire loopholes?

I. Chin
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Comrade Sanders, so what you’re saying is that capitalism worked to your benefit. Also that you ain’t giving any of your ill-gotten gains to the “cause”.

Hypocrite. Greedster. Go on Medicare yourself before you try mandating it for others. Liar.

TOM
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Bernie voted FOR Obozocare and then promptly exempted himself from having to have it.

Every Congress person should have to follow all of the laws that they pass. And Bernie is well beyond the age required for getting on Medicare. Bet he has some way to not be on Medicare.

I. Chin
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Tom, you may not have seen it, but I’ve advocated a bill/amendment I call “you first”. Any statutes, etc. passed by Congress must first be implemented on ALL government employees, including Congress.

Think about it. Obozocare would never have passed. Of utmost importance is this: we don’t have two or more sets of laws, e.g. one for the elites and one for the rest of us.

Never forget that they are OUR EMPLOYEES and merit no privileges we do not receive ourselves.

James
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Another wealthy hypocrite criticizing the wealthy individuals for being wealthy. Maybe Bernie should follow his Socialist/Communist philosophy and spread HIS wealth to where everyone would be equal.

I. Chin
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Exactly. Notice how Bernie and Warren are adjusting their “punitive taxation” scale upwards so their money will be exempt?

Hypocrites.

James
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I’m guessing they just don’t understand how their Socialism/Communism is supposed to work for everybody.

TOM
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If you look at any socialist / communist country you can see exactly how it works for everyone. If you are favored and work for the leaders or are the leader then you get all the goodies. If you are one of the regular people you work to give all the goodies to the leaders and get nothing.

I. Chin
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It works like that in other *ahem* non-socialist utopias. Those with the money and means will “beat” the system.

The premiers of Labrador and Nova Scotia had medical procedures in the US because they wanted the best treatment and NOT to wait in line. Why do you think that Mick Jagger had his valve job done here? He could have had it done for free in England.

I. Chin
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“Some are more equal than others” — the pigs (how appropriate) who run things in Animal Farm. Thanks George Orwell for a parable summarizing the evils of socialism/communism.

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