Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said during an interview with the New York Times that he’s a millionaire. He justified his riches by saying, “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
As CNN’s Chris Cillizza asked, “Uh, what?”
Sanders got a pass on some of his acerbic-ness during the 2016 presidential campaign because a) most people didn’t think he could win and b) others found it part of his cantankerous but righteous personality. But let’s think about that campaign for another minute. Close your eyes and imagine if Hillary Clinton, who beat Sanders for the Democratic nomination, when asked about the extent of her wealth, said “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Don’t get me wrong. I see nothing bad about Sanders or anyone making money with their skills, position, luck, or any other legal means. I’m also not of the camp who believes it’s hypocritical for Sanders to be a millionaire calling for socialism. After all, socialism isn’t really about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It’s about taking from everyone, making as many people as possible dependent on government, and switching the power base from focusing on money to focusing on position. The elite at the top of the socialist scale get everything. Everyone else gets nothing.
But whether he is justified or not in his statement, both sides now have fodder to use against him. The Democrats will quote it often when competing against him for the nomination. If he wins the nomination, President Trump will likely coin the phrase “Just Write a Book Bernie” or something similar to make fun of someone who is out of touch with the very demands he’s been placing on people throughout his five year campaign for President.
Bernie is a joke. In 2016, I was glad he wasn’t the nominee because Hillary was so weak. This year, I hope he wins because after enough scrutiny has been placed on him, he’s now even weaker as a candidate than Clinton was.
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