Lifestyles of the rich and socialist: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing vision of economic and environmental justice. But the self-described democratic socialist's high-end income, multiple houses and fund for air travel have already opened up to criticism that his lifestyle always matches the rhetoric.
Sanders has pitched himself as a grassroots economic populist,
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" country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice, "he said.
" Together you and I and our 201
6 campaign began the political revoution, "he said. "Now it is time to complete and implement the vision that we fought for."
house built on 1981 and located in Burlington, Vermont, is listed to Bernard and Jane Sanders.
But Sanders has raised eyebrows over his spending and personal wealth. Notably, he owns three houses. In 2016, it bought a $ 575,000 four-bedroom lake-front home in its home state. This is an addition to a row house in Washington DC, as well as a house in Burlington, Vermont.
"The Bern will keep his home in Burlington and use the new camp seasonally," Vermont's Seven Day's reported in 2016.  Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane O'Meara, own this townhouse built in the late 1800s in the District of Columbia. Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane O'Meara, own this townhouse built in the late 1800s in the District of Columbia. It's a one bedroom, one and a half bath with a brick exterior
The multiple homes, though, bring into question past statements – like when asked in 2017: "How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You may not have it all. "
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VTDigger reported in May that he made more than $ 1 million in 2017 – $ 885,767 or which came from cash advances and royalties for his book, "Our Revolution ”On his failed 2016 presidential pray. It is the second time that has been made roughly that amount, making more than a million in 2016.
Bernie Sanders acquired this waterfront vacation home in the Lake Champlain island community of North Hero, Vermont. The historic four-bedroom home was built in 1920, and sits on 1.1 acres of land.
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Despite that, according to Forbes, one of the lowest net worths among prospective presidential candidates, with an estimated net worth of approximately $ 700,000, according to Forbes. To compare with his other Democrats, fellow left-wing firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, has a estimated net worth of approximately $ 7.8 million.
But conservatives have pointed to Sanders' lifestyle as a contradictory given his tax-the-rich mantras.
“That's why they are called limousine liberals, "Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said on Fox Business Network's" The Evening Edit "on Tuesday. “You have enough money. You can imagine spending other people's money as well. ”
“ His health care plan, he admits, costs $ 32 trillion. He wants 8 percent across-the-board tax on peoples' salaries, which is only $ 12 trillion — an 8 percent pay cut for everybody in order to pay for his health plan [and] it only pays for a third of it, ” he said. “So you can imagine the endless number of tax increases and regulations that they are looking to put on.”
But other parts of his lifestyle are also drawing scrutiny, especially when compared to his calls to limit environmental pollution and also to redistribute the wealth of the "millionaires and billionaires."
In October, he spent nearly $ 300,000 on air travel so he could speak to nine new battleground states before November. This from a candidate who has endorsed a Green New Deal that can be dramatically reduced (if not completely eliminated). Air travel.
Sanders' team reportedly purchased nearly $ 5,000 in carbon offsets to balance out the emissions produced from the travel, according to VTDigger. A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions to compensate for emissions elsewhere.
The same day his campaign paid the jet company, Sanders called climate change and "planetary crisis" in a tweet
Since Sanders announced his presidential bid, he has received a fresh wave of criticism from conservatives, with commentator Charlie Kirk quipping: "For a committed socialist, he seems to love living as a capitalist."
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday zeroed again on the controversy surrounding Bernie's wife, Jane Sanders, and her time as president of Burlington College.
The college closed in 2016, citing the enormous debt it accrued while Sanders was in charge – in particular when the college made a $ 10 million real estate deal. Federal investigators looked at whether Jane Sanders committed bank fraud by inflating the amount of money pledged to donors by the school – but investigators purportedly closed the investigation and brought charges.
Vermont Republicans have sought to tie the controversy to Bernie Sanders.
"If Jane Jane was born Jane Doe, she would never have loaned this loan, it would not have survived the most basic of underwriting," Vermont Republican Party Vice Chair Brady Toensing said on "Fox & Friends"
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In response to "Fox & Friends" request for comment, Bernie 2020 Senior Adviser Jeff Weaver said: "These false allegations began with a politically motivated complaint by Trump's 2016 Vermont Chairman. As Jane has said she has done nothing wrong and pleased that the investigation came to an end months ago. "
" It's now coincidence after Bernie Sanders' record breaking fundraising during the first day of his campaign, Fox News is regurgitating false attacks from Trump's cronies, "he said.
But The Wall Street Journal claimed the story, as well as reports that between 2009 and 2011 the school paid more than $ 328,000 to enroll students in a woodworking school run by Mrs. Sanders
Fox News' Louis Casiano and Fred Lucas contributed to this report.