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…
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.
Are we comfortable to see a huge increase in millionaires and billionaires but have more people living in poverty than ever? I know I'm not.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 23, 2016
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.”
If the cabinet Trump appointed of billionaires & millionaires is anti-establishment, I would hate to see what the establishment looks like.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 14, 2016
He once even said he would “be damned” before he let millionaire Congressmen pass social security legislation.
I'll be damned if a group of multi-millionaire CEOs, working with multi-millionaire Congressmen succeeds in gutting #SocialSecurity.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 24, 2012
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.
Bernie Sanders speaks in Gary, IN: "I didn't know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best seller." pic.twitter.com/gunuseHWpB
— The Hill (@thehill) April 14, 2019
“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.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "You're ready to have me plead guilty? I plead guilty to have written a book which was an international bestseller, okay? 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." pic.twitter.com/B1PLjGdPCs
— The Hill (@thehill) April 23, 2019
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.