Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By all accounts except his campaign’s, Michael Bloomberg had a terrible debate performance last night in Las Vegas. But in the midst of all the infighting and the rapid-fire attacks, the former NYC mayor managed to land a few solid jabs against Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

One such instance was after Sanders defended his belief in socialism when he was asked about a recent NBC poll that noted two-thirds of voters were not comfortable with having a socialist for a presidential nominee. Sanders went on a rant typical of a socialist about so-called “income and wealth inequality” and how the rich only get richer while the middle class and poor supposedly don’t get the same benefit.

“When Walmart — we have to subsidize Walmart’s workers who are on Medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages, that’s socialism for the rich. I believe in democratic socialism for working people, not billionaires, health care for all, educational opportunities for all,” Sanders said emphatically.

But what Bloomberg noted in response tripped Sanders’ trigger – because it was a little too close to home … quite literally:

BLOOMBERG: What a wonderful country we have. The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss here?
SANDERS: Well, you’ll miss that I work in Washington, house one.
BLOOMBERG: That’s the first problem.
SANDERS: Live in Burlington, house two.
BLOOMBERG: That’s good.
SANDERS: And like thousands of other Vermonters, I do have a summer camp. Forgive me for that. Where is your home? Which tax haven do you have your home?
BLOOMBERG: New York City, thank you very much, and I pay all my taxes. And I’m happy to do it because I get something for it.

After this exchange, Poltico’s digital editor Zack Stanton tweeted the link to a 2019 piece they did that reported on how Sanders could afford his three homes, including his $575,000 “summer camp”:

As you might expect, this made some Bernie Bros mighty unhappy because narratives and stuff. Fortunately, this was one of those instances where they got dunked in real time with sensible responses that very likely left them confused and scratching their heads:

Then there was this gem:

I posted my own response to Ms. Tamblyn, explaining that it’s not about whether or not Bernie is “allowed” to own more than one home. It’s that he’s a flaming hypocrite on the issue of wealth and doesn’t hold himself to the standards he wants to mandate everyone else follow.

Like most Democrats.

Sister Toldjah
Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year writer with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars.
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