Bernie Sanders has received scathing criticism over the years in regard to his background and policies. Presently aged 75 years, he is presently among the most outspoken of Hillary Clinton supporters in the United States presidential campaign, and has not shied away from directly attacking Donald Trump’s campaign style, which he has generally described as one of “bigotry.” This was while on a CNN interview Friday morning. The following was his actual statement.
“Well, isn’t that something. My word, after eight years of having President Obama as president, Donald Trump now thinks he’s a legitimate president. Well, I’m just overwhelmed with emotion.
“Look, this this is pathetic. And this goes to the root of what Trump’s campaign is about. Let’s be clear. It’s about bigotry. You remember, let’s all remember that a few years ago Donald Trump was the leader of the so-called birther movement. And what the birther movement was about, Chris, was not being critical of Obama.
“This is a democracy. We can criticize Obama. It was delegitimizing the first African-American president in the history of our country. And the reason for that was clear. There are racists in this country who could never accept the fact that we had a black president. And that’s what Trump was trying to do, delegitimize the president, not disagree with him.”
Bernie, who was defeated by Hillary in the Democratic primaries, has come under fire on numerous occasions. Starting with his age, his critics have since his bid for the presidency discredited him because of his age, as he is in his mid-70s, an age where many are plagued with age-related conditions.
As put into perspective by Saturday Night Live television anchor Dennis Miller, “You know, my grandfather is 75. We don’t let him use the remote control for the TV set!” He highlighted this when speaking about President Ronald Reagan after he turned 75. However, according to Julian Zelizer, a CNN contributor, age is just a number, stating, “A young person can be ill. An older person can be sharp and totally on top of it.”
If 64 countries already require labeling of GMOs, is it really such a radical idea? pic.twitter.com/cMuMhPs985— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 6, 2016
Away from the age-related issues and on to a few other controversies forged against Bernie Sanders, many reports, mainly by critics, have in the past tried to push the ideology that Bernie Sanders is a loser who only got his first pay check when he was 40. But according to Politico, Bernie Sanders worked odd jobs after his graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964. One of those was as an aide in a psychiatric hospital in New York. He also taught preschool children at Head Start, and at some point researched property taxation at the Vermont Department of Taxes.
Bernie Sanders’ net worth has also been called into question, with many pointing out that he has no assets listed under his name, with those provided being under his second wife’s. A huge credit card debt running into the tens of thousands has also been reported as an indicator that he is a poor creator of wealth – a chink in the armor that has on many occasions been exploited by his enemies. A municipal pension is highlighted as his only source of income.
However, according to a report by Bloomberg, American presidential candidates are not supposed to disclose assets such as cars and houses publicly, which is one reason why they were not included. According to Seven Days, a Vermont magazine, Bernie Sanders has three homes, with his latest acquisition being a four-bedroom house situated on the shores of Lake Champlain. These assets alone highlight the misguided guesses about Bernie Sanders’ net worth and automatically push it past the million dollar mark. The credit card debt report has yet to be verified.
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