Bernie Sanders Explodes When Asked About His Taxes, Hypocrisy Called Out

Bernie Sanders Explodes When Asked About His Taxes, Hypocrisy Called Out

Bernie Sanders Explodes When Asked About His Taxes, Hypocrisy Called Out

Sanders and his wife Jane made a $2.7 million from 2016 through 2018, according to the returns. Harris, a senator from California, enjoyed taxable income of almost $2 million in 2018, with her lawyer husband earning about three-quarters of that.

Immediately before the town hall event, Sanders released a decade's worth of his tax returns after years of resisting disclosure.

The wait for Sanders' tax returns lasted well over a month following his promise in a CNN town hall in February that they would be coming "soon".

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 dismissively and, in an apparent non sequitur, asked why MacCallum didn't donate her salary. The tax returns are from 2009 to 2018. He said Sanders would likely seize on any organized efforts to stop him. "Please do the same".

Nine Democratic candidates received the bulk of their contributions of $200 or more from their home states, the Reuters analysis found.

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The Sanders campaign responded with an email blast slamming CAP as "the epitome of the political establishment" and "an organization whose massive annual budget is bankrolled by billionaires and corporate executives that profit from finance, pharmaceutical companies, fossil fuels, and sending American jobs overseas".

In a statement Monday, Sanders said that his tax returns show his family has been "fortunate" in recent years.

Nationwide, Sanders raised a total of $18.1 million in the first fundraising quarter of the election cycle, the most of any Democratic candidate.

Sanders made clear that strong opposition to the 2017 $1.5 trillion tax cut - which no Democrat in Congress supported - will be at the center of his second bid for the presidency. His higher income in two of the three most recent years could potentially prompt questions from voters about his frequent criticisms of the influence that millionaires and billionaires have over the political process.

The exchange threatens to shred an already frayed public détente between the wider circles surrounding both Sanders and Clinton, who fought a bitter 2016 presidential primary that still looms large in the minds of many Democrats - if only because they fear a divisive replay in 2020.

Sanders and his wife disclosed $36,300 in charitable contributions in 2017, but their return does not detail each individual contribution.

Sen. Bernie Sanders marches along State Montpelier in the 2018 Independence Day Parade. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota - have released tax records to varying degrees.

The interest in presidential contenders and their taxes has jumped since Republican President Donald Trump shattered decades of tradition during the 2016 campaign by refusing to release his returns - a stance he has continued since entering the White House.

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