The Socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, set off a Twitterstorm yesterday with a tweet that was hard to believe.
We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2017
Needless to say, this towering hypocrisy did not go unnoticed in the Twitterverse:
Sell all you have and use the money to care for the poor. I have faith in you Bernie, YOU can do it!!! https://t.co/czf7dPNIUG
— pollyonymous (@PollySpin) March 18, 2017
ok Mr. 13.5% tax rate. Maybe you should pay your fair share, possibly sell 1 of your 3 homes and give money to charity?
— 🍺¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@beerboyeee) March 18, 2017
how's that $600,000 summer house working out for you
— Social_Studies_TCHR (@HistoryTchr1776) March 18, 2017
A man who owns three houses — including the recent purchase of a vacation home for $600K — and pays a smaller percentage of his income in taxes than most middle class Americans, should not be taking a dump on America in a glass house.
There are two possibilities for Sanders’ obvious cluelessness; 1) he knew full well the kind of reaction he would get and was looking for attention; or 2) he really is oblivious to how incredibly hypocritical his words are.
I would think the latter explanation is closer to the truth. Liberals like Sanders — like most rich liberals in Hollywood and elsewhere — believe they deserve their wealth by dint of some special talent or brilliance they possess. They feel themselves above the mundane, petty concerns that most Americans have about great wealth. That their hearts are so noble, their intent so pure, and their lives so devoted to the less fortunate — all this makes these liberals better than the rest of us.
If not the rest of us, certainly better than the run-of-the-mill rich people who don’t share their compassion, their love for their brothers and sisters, their tolerance, and their out-and-out goodness.
It’s amazing this guy got as close to the nomination of a major party as he did.