“When you wrote the book and made the money, isn’t that the definition of capitalism and the American dream?” Brett Baier of Fox News pointedly asked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday night.
The venue was a town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The context was Sanders’ wealth — revealed after he released 10 years’ worth of tax returns on Monday showing that he had been “fortunate” even as he pushed for a more progressive tax system.
At the same time, Sanders refused to say why he would not volunteer to pay the massive new 52-percent “wealth tax” that he himself advocated imposing on the country’s richest individuals, as Fox News also pointed out.
The returns showed that Sanders and his wife, Jane, paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income — and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017.
“What we want is a country in which everyone has an opportunity,” Sanders insisted on Monday night. “A lot of people don’t have a college degree. A lot of people are not United States senators.”
Sanders robustly defended his wealth, as he has before — which some people have said is hypocritical.
“This year, we had $560,000 in income,” Sanders admitted. “In my and my wife’s case, I wrote a pretty good book. It was a bestseller, sold all over the world, and we made money.”
“If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not gonna do it,” he added.
Fox News also noted the following about the town hall event on Monday night:
Pressed by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as to why he was holding onto his wealth rather than refusing deductions or writing a check to the Treasury Department, Sanders began laughing …read more