It turns out that “Middle Class Joe” is actually “Multi-Millionaire Joe.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who often portrays himself as “Middle Class Joe” on the campaign trail, is a multi-millionaire.
The former vice president released three years worth of tax filings showing that Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, earned more than $15.6 million since leaving the White House in 2016.
The former second family earned a massive $8 million from a book deal and speaking engagements.
In 2016, the couple reported an income of $396,552.
One year later, the Biden’s earned a whopping $11 million.
In 2018, the couple’s annual income decreased slightly to $4.58 million.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Biden’s political standing appears to be the reason for the couple’s new found wealth. The returns show that Biden earned $9.49 million in 2017 through CelticCapri Corp., a shell company named after the couple’s Secret Service code names.
CelticCapri, which was incorporated in Delaware only days after Biden left office, serves as the main vehicle for the former vice president’s public engagements. In 2018, Biden was paid $2.73 million through the company for appearances and speeches all across the country. In total, over the two year period, Biden made 49 speeches with some generating honorariums upwards of $249,000.
Not to be outdone, Jill Biden also cashed in on her public persona. The former second lady delivered 18 speeches between 2017 and 2018, earning on average $36,000 per event. Giacoppa Corp., the former second lady’s shell company named after her family’s original last name, reported paying her more than $557,00 in 2017 and $506,000 in 2018 for such engagements.
Rounding out the couple’s income was Biden’s pension from the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency which generated $241,00 in 2017 and more than $190,000 in 2018. Biden also earned a six figure salary from the University of Pennsylvania. The former vice president leads the university’s Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., a position that paid more than $371,000 in 2017 and more than $405,000 in 2018.
Here’s the cherry on top: The former vice president’s income was the largest of any of his fellow 2020 Democrats.
Biden has been telling voters for months that he’s for the middle class and understands how hard it is for many Americans to make it.
Yet he’s considered one of the wealthiest men in America, including the richest of all 24 Democratic presidential candidates.
Not too long ago, here’s what Biden told people during an event: “I know I’m called Middle-Class Joe. It’s not meant to be a compliment. It means I’m not sophisticated. But I know what made this country what it is: ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Biden’s 2020 campaign has not gotten off to the smoothest start.
Here are a few examples of Biden’s troubles so far: