By Todd Smith | The Caledonian Record
Bernie Sanders spent the last couple weeks (sort of) apologizing for multiple reports of mistreatment, harassment and abuse of women on his 2016 Presidential campaign. We say “sort of” because the accused perpetrators remain close to Sanders, and his initial response to the reports was to be annoyed.
“I was a little busy running around the country,” he offered in (albeit feeble) defense.
Once his handlers told him how tone-deaf he sounded, apologizing to “any woman who feels like she was not treated appropriately,” Sanders tried to spin his utter lack of accountability and principle into political advantage.
“Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior,” he said last week. “I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process.”
This is hardly the first time we’ve seen Comrade Sanders bending his “progressive” principles to his political needs:
• According to Federal Election Commission records, Bernie Sanders spent around $300,000 on posh private jets over nine days this past October. According to the Daily Caller, he paid the bill on the same day he declared climate change a “planetary crisis.”
• Sanders spent over $5 million on private luxury jets during his 2016 Presidential campaign. … During that time Sanders was making $3,365 a week as a Senator (missing 104 out of 117 floor votes).
• Two years ago Bernie and Jane Sanders bought a $600,000 summer home on Lake Champlain, increasing their number of homes to three.
• Jane Sanders, notoriously, got rich running Burlington College into the ground and – in true capitalist fashion – by monetizing her husband’s faux “socialism.”
• In 2015 Sanders introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. At the time he was paying campaign workers $10.10/hour (the minimum Sanders could legally pay and remain in compliance with an Obama Executive Order on contracted federal employees) and interns $12/hour.
• Twin pillars of his platform – a carbon tax and universal health care – both failed in his “home” state. Not that he would know … considering he rarely makes time to visit.
As we’ve repeatedly said, the only thing “socialist” about Sanders is the way he’s raking in millions for not working.
Todd M. Smith is the publisher of the Caledonian Record, where this editorial first appeared. He lives in St. Johnsbury.