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/vbfWjE0jCr
— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2019
Courtesy of The Hill:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday pushed back against criticism he received after saying this week that he is a millionaire.
“I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd in Gary, Ind.
“I don’t apologize for writing a book that was No. 3 on The New York Times best-seller [list],” he added but reiterated his belief in a “progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share in taxes.”
Sanders also did a little humble bragging about how well his book sold and how many languages it was translated into, making him sound not just a little like a certain tangerine colored White House occupant.
But here’s the thing, maybe Sanders made all of his millions through book sales, but there are also questions concerning that unspent campaign money from 2016.
There were still millions and millions of dollars left in that campaign fund, which was about the same time that Bernie and his wife paid $575,000 in cash for a new 4 bedroom summer house in North Hero, Vermont.
Of course, all of these questions would be cleared up quickly if Sanders just released his tax returns, but I am getting the feeling that he is almost as reluctant to do that as Donald Trump.