Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders revealed how much he has donated to charity, and it proves he’s a stingy socialist.
Sanders released 10 years of his tax returns on Monday, which revealed that the Vermont senator has made $1.7 million in the last two years since running for president in 2016.
Between 2009 and 2015, Sanders made an average of $280,975 per year.
In 2016, his income skyrocketed to $1,062,626 due to sales of his best-selling book and presidential run.
Of that $1,062,626, Sanders only donated $10,600 to charity in 2016, which comes out to be less than 1 percent of his reported income.
For context, Americans who earned $250,000 or more in 2016 donated an average of $21,365 to charities.
Below is a graphic showing how much Sanders each year made compared to how much he donated to charity — which was barely 2 percent of his earnings.
Sanders was asked several questions about his tax returns on Monday when he took part in a Fox News town hall.
Sanders literally laughed out loud when host Brett Baier asked him if he would pay the higher tax rate that he’s calling on others to pay.
Below is the partial exchange:
BAIER: “But Senator to your point, and to Joe’s point, your taxes do show that you’re a millionaire. You did make a million in 2016-2017. You’re right on the 561 in 2017-2018, but your marginal tax rate was 26 percent because of President Trump’s tax cuts. So why not say, you know, I’m leading this revolution, I’m not going to take this?”
SANDERS “Come on. I am — I pay the taxes that I owe, and by the way, why don’t you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?”
BAIER: “We will.”
A few minutes later, Fox News host Martha MacCallum grilled Sanders again on the issue, asking: “So would you be willing to pay 52% on the money that you made? You can volunteer, you can send it back.”
“You can volunteer too, Martha, why don’t you give? You make more money than I do,” Sanders arrogantly said.
“I didn’t suggest a wealth tax,” MacCallum replied.
“And she’s not running for president,” Baier shot back.
MacCallum: “So would you be willing to pay 52% on the money that you made? You can volunteer, you can send it back”
Bernie: “You can volunteer too…why don’t you give? You make more money than I do”
M: “I didn’t suggest a wealth tax”
Baier: “And she’s not running for POTUS” pic.twitter.com/zn4XrzJIXG
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 15, 2019
“These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate. I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity. That is why I strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security,” Sanders said.
“I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country. I will continue to fight to make our tax system more progressive so that our country has the resources to guarantee the American Dream to all people,” he added.
Socialist Bernie is a millionaire? How about that.
Aside from the fact that capitalism has paved the way for him to become very rich, Sanders also came under fire for saying he supports giving convicted felons the right to vote while behind bars.