Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dems defend Omar in the midst of Trump criticism Biden, Warren and Sanders express support for striking Stop & Shop workers Two dozen of them senators urge Trump to expand nuclear treaty with Russia MORE  -Vt.) On Saturday pushed back against criticism he received after saying this week that he is a millionaire.
"I didn't know it was a crime to write a good book that turned out to be a best seller," the democratic presidential candidate in 2020 told a crowd in Gary, Ind.
"I do not apologize for writing a book number three on the New York Times Best Seller [list]" he added, but repeated his belief in a "progressive tax system that requires the richest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes. "
Bernie Sanders speaks in Gary, IN:" I didn't know it was a crime to write a good book that turned out to be a best seller. " pic.twitter.com/vbfWjE0jCr
̵1; The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2019
Sanders told The New York Times in a story published Tuesday that he became a millionaire due of book sales.
"If you write a best-selling book, you can also be a millionaire," he told the newspaper. He also said he would release his tax returns on Monday. Some of its competitors for the democratic nomination have already released their returns.
Sanders & # 39; 2017 Senate Financial Information Schemes Show That He Made About $ 1.06 Million That Year, Most Of The Book Charges Reported The Times.
The Vermont Independent has also been criticized for not releasing his tax returns, but promised in the Times that he would release them by Monday.
Sanders has described himself as a democratic socialist and has argued that the rich, especially billionaires, do not pay enough tax. He is among more than a dozen people struggling for the democratic party 2020 nomination.