Millionaire Bernie Sanders Gets STUMPED When Confronted About His Own Taxes!
2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders released 10 years worth of his tax returns on Monday, confirming that he is a millionaire and averaged more than $750,000 a year in income over the last three years.
During his town hall Monday evening on Fox News, Sanders literally laughed out loud when host Brett Baier asked him if he would pay the higher tax rate that he’s calling on others to pay.
BAIER: “But Senator to your point, and to Joe’s point, your taxes do show that you’re a millionaire. You did make a million in 2016-2017. You’re right on the 561 in 2017-2018, but your marginal tax rate was 26 percent because of President Trump’s tax cuts. So why not say, you know, I’m leading this revolution, I’m not going to take this?”
SANDERS “Come on. I am — I pay the taxes that I owe, and by the way, why don’t you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?”
BAIER: “We will.”
The filings show he has made $1.7 million in the last two years since running for president in 2016.
“These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate. I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity. That is why I strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security,” Sanders said.
“I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country. I will continue to fight to make our tax system more progressive so that our country has the resources to guarantee the American Dream to all people,” he added.
Here’s a breakdown of what Sanders’ adjusted gross income over the last 10 years based on his returns:
- 2009: $314,742
- 2010: $321,596
- 2011: $324,870
- 2012: $280,954
- 2013: $278,799
- 2014: $205,271
- 2015: $240,622
- 2016: $1,062,626
- 2017: $1,131,925
- 2018: $561,293
Considering how stingy Sanders is when it comes to charity, let’s review what he has said about people who make a lot of money and greedily hold on to it: Writing in the Burlington Free Press in May, 2011, Sanders stated, "As Vermont's senator and a member of the Budget Committee, I will not support a plan to reduce the deficit that does not call for shared sacrifice … At a time when the top one percent earns more income than the bottom 50 percent, we must ask the wealthiest people in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes … Every segment of our society, including those who have money and power, must contribute and must sacrifice."