During his run for the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont spoke about creating services that would benefit the vast majority of people in the country. He wanted to push for free health care so every person could get the help they needed to live a healthy life.
But since losing the nomination and returning to his Independent party, Sanders has mostly been out of the spotlight. At least he was until he appeared at the swearing-in ceremony for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s second term.
Why has Sanders been attacked for his appearance? He showed up to the ceremony wearing a $690 jacket.
After showing up to the ceremony in the $690 Burton 2L LZ jacket, The Washington Times has dubbed 76-year-old Bernie Sanders, “the stylish socialist.”
Because he touts a message of equality, some people thought his appearance in a $690 jacket was a bit hypocritical. And because he wrote a CNN column back in November that blasted wealthy people in America as being “never satisfied with what they have” and always wanting “more, more, and more.”
In the column, Sanders wrote:
“Greed is their religion. While the oligarchs are avoiding their taxes, (President Donald Trump) and his Republican colleagues, ostensibly in order to save federal dollars, have been trying to throw tens of millions of Americans off of their health insurance, and make massive cuts in education, nutrition assistance, and affordable housing.”
Although Sanders advocates for the poor, Newsweek reported that he earned upwards of $858,000 in book royalties alone. And with his salary as a Senator and other engagements that pay, Sanders is making a hefty sum every year. And Newsweek pointed out that Sanders certainly qualifies as one of the top 1 percent of American income earners.
In April, Sanders tweeted: “How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.”
This tweet prompted social media users to reply back that Sanders owns three houses and is a wealthy politician in America.
In 2016, while he was trying to secure the nomination for the Democratic candidacy, Sanders and his wife Jane purchased a beautiful lakefront property in Vermont for about $600,000. Besides this vacation property, the couple owns property in Washington, D.C. and Burlington, Vermont.
Even during the ceremony to swear in de Blasio, Sanders took a jab at the wealthy in America.
“Now, by Vermont standards, this is a warm and pleasant afternoon,” Sanders joked. Then he praised the mayor before slamming the rich again and imparting an uplifting message to the exuberant crowd of progressives.
“The bottom line is, that what Mayor de Blasio and his administration understand is that in this county, in the home of Ellis Island, our job is to bring people together with love and compassion,” Sanders said to inspire the crowd of thousands.
Do you think Bernie Sanders should take off the jacket? Or is it the responsibility of a politician to look their best while out in front of crowds?