Fox Moderators Put Democratic Socialist Sanders in Hot Seat Over Millionaire Status, Accepting Tax Breaks

During a Fox News town hall with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on Monday night, the democratic socialist lawmaker defended his status as a millionaire, suggesting that it is not a double standard.

The town hall moderators Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier pressed Sanders on his tax returns and millionaire status, prompting the lawmaker to defend the money he earned.

“If anybody thinks I should apologize for writing a best-selling book, I’m not going to do it,” said Sanders.

However, Baier suggested that the cause of Sanders’ wealth was partially due to capitalism, asking, “When you wrote the book and you made the money, isn’t that the definition of capitalism and the American dream?”

After several seconds of silence, Sanders replied, “No. I mean, you know, what we want is a country where everybody has opportunity.”

“You know, I have a college degree. I’m a United States senator. But a lot of people don’t have a college degree. A lot of people are not United States senators,” he continued. “I want everybody in this country to be able to have health care, to have education, to, when they turn on the water, have drinkable water, not toxic water.”

Watch the moment below:

Sanders continued, saying that he is working toward a country that has equality for everyone, despite the lawmaker earning above the average American.

“So what we are fighting for, Bret,” Sanders said, “is a society not where a just few people can make a whole lot of money, but a society where everybody in this country has the opportunity to live in security and dignity.”

Watch his discuss his tax breaks below:

MacCallum and Baier also called him out for accepting tax breaks despite wanting wealthy Americans to pay more and asked if he would be willing to give the money he earned from them back.

“So would you be willing to pay 52% on the money that you made? You can volunteer, you can send it back,” said MacCallum.

Watch them call him out:

However, Sanders deflected and attempted to turn the question back onto the moderator.

“You can volunteer too … why don’t you give? You make more money than I do,” said Sanders.

MacCallum pushed back, reminding Sanders that she “didn’t suggest a wealth tax,” while Baier chimed in to add, “and she’s not running for president.”

As IJR News reported, Sanders joined a group of presidential candidates who released their tax returns, which revealed that he became a millionaire after the 2016 election. He found himself in quite the predicament when facing questions about his income ahead of the Fox News town hall, as IJR Red noted.

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Mark Simmons
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I think Bernie wants one set of rules for us and another for himself. I think Bernie wants power, and seeks NOT to serve the American People, but be served. I think in all the time he’s been in Congress he hasn’t proposed and passed any legislation that makes our lives better. I think he is like most politicians and will say anything to get elected, but won’t keep his promises.

His life lacks accomplishments and good character. He’s largely lived off of others ideas and property.

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