Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) took to Twitter Saturday to rail against the United States for being a nation that "worships wealth," but Twitter quickly slapped back and proved he's a hypocrite.
"We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in," Sanders tweeted.
We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1489851901.0
But according to Twitter users, the comments come off as lacking self-awareness, given that Sanders is the owner of three homes, most recently purchasing a $600,000 lakefront property in Vermont last year.
This despite being a government employee and public servant for the majority of his adult life. In addition, Sanders only paid a tax rate of 13.5 percent in 2014, a very small rate considering that he is a relatively wealthy man — compared to the rest of Americans — and routinely argues that the wealthy don't pay their "fair share."
Given these facts, Twitter ripped into Sanders over his hypocrisy:
@BernieSanders which of you 3 homes did you tweet that from?— DJ (@blaubok) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders how's that $600,000 summer house working out for you— Social_Studies_TCHR (@HistoryTchr1776)March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders ok Mr. 13.5% tax rate. Maybe you should pay your fair share, possibly sell 1 of your 3 homes and give money to charity?— evanlution (@evanlution) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders I don't think we should live in a country where you can say this while having 3 houses and pay a lower tax rate than I do.— Sane Thoughts (@LibertAmerican) March 18, 2017
YOU worship wealth, constantly trying to take others & control it, you have many homes pay tiny % in tax & "hate charity" @berniesanders— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) March 18, 2017
You live in three houses. On a government salary. https://t.co/CmVgg19yPZ— Pissed Pat (@Pissed Pat) 1489857054.0
Sell all you have and use the money to care for the poor. I have faith in you Bernie, YOU can do it!!! https://t.co/czf7dPNIUG— Apollycalypse (@Apollycalypse) 1489854895.0
.@BernieSanders ...but you wouldn't know about that, you miserly non-charitable Scrooge.— Jared (@jaredstill) March 18, 2017
@BernieSanders Says the man who owns 3 homes one which cost over $600,000. I'm guessing you have homeless people you're housing? Do as I say, not as I do?— lc65265 (@lc65265) March 18, 2017