Bloomberg to Sanders: ‘The Best Known Socialist in the Country Happens to Be a Millionaire With Three Houses’

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes no apologies for his massive wealth. In fact, he had no problem standing his ground when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attempted to criticize his financial status.

In one of his biggest highlights of the night, he called out Sanders for advocating for Democratic socialist policies while being a millionaire owning three homes.

“What a wonderful country we have. The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses,” Bloomberg said. “What did I miss here?”

Sanders shot back, “Well, you’ll miss that I work in Washington, house one, live in Burlington, house two, and like thousands of other Vermonters, I do have a summer cabin. Forgive me for that.”

Watch the exchange below:

Prior to the “three houses” remark, the discussion intensified when Sanders called out Bloomberg for his wealth, labeling the distribution of it as “grotesque.”

“We have a grotesque and immoral distribution of wealth in income,” began socialist Bernie Sanders. “Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. That’s wrong. That’s immoral.”

Watch the video below:

Bloomberg immediately fired back to defend himself. “I can’t speak for all billionaires,” responded Bloomberg.

He added, “All I know is I have been very lucky, made a lot of money and I’m giving it all away to make this country better, and a good chunk of it goes to the Democratic Party as well.” 

The compelling response led to NBC’s Chuck Todd to pose another question. In so many words, he asked Bloomberg how much is “too much.”

“Is it too much?” Todd inquired. “Have you earned too much money — has it been an obscene amount of money? Should you have earned that much money?”

Bloomberg immediately fired back.

“Yes,” declared Bloomberg defiantly, “I worked very hard for it, and I’m giving it away.” 

Despite Bloomberg’s fiery response, last night was an eye-opener for many Democratic viewers. After seeing Bloomberg face off against Sanders and Warren many are wondering if he’s really prepared to take the Oval Office.

While it’s no secret Bloomberg has the capital to maintain his campaign, Democrats are concerned about his political expertise. Like Sanders, Democrats fear Bloomberg’s campaign undermines political experience and insinuates that money can simply buy an election. However, there’s still a long road ahead until November.

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. The big question is this: will Mikey’s lack of charisma, height, and likeability be solved if he throws enough money at it to BUY the Dim vote?

    Interesting thought: All the promises of “free” stuff from the other candidates are payment in kind WE will pay for. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a veggie burger today and I’ll take the money from others to do it.”

    At least Mikey is putting his own money out front.

  2. His lack of spending on his own socialist causes aside…Bernie MUST be a financial genius. Donating any of those houses in the name of economic inequality Bernie?

    Despite a late start with his first GOVERNMENT paycheck at 40 AND earning a Congressional salary ever since, he’s a multi-millionaire who owns three dachas. (that’s Communist for extra houses)

    Of course, his book sales to idiots, err, supporters AND having a wife who bailed with a golden parachute after bankrupting a college did not hurt.

  3. What I’ve been saying all along. Nothing says “socialism” like owning three homes AND having millions in the bank.

  4. If Bernie Sanders was a typical corrupt politician, he would have much more wealth, based on comparing him to most OTHER Congress members.

    Just saying.

    1. So you are just saying Bernie is corrupt. I just want to be clear as to your intention.
      My question for you is this: if corruption is wrong why do you support any politician at all?

      1. You really don’t pay attention much, either.

        Not ALL politicians are corrupt. 100% of the American Fascist Party members ARE corrupt proven by their last year with King Donald The Leader alone, besides everything else that they do normally.

        On the other hand, those politicians who go to their constituents for financial and electoral support indicates that every one of them will fight for THEM rather than lobbyists or corporations.

        Follow the money. From whom do YOUR Congress members take money? If you can’t say people like you, then they will NEVER fight for you. Ever.

        If you haven’t figured out what corruption is yourself, how the hell will you ever be able to figure how to deal with your local or federal corruption that affects you every single day?

        Don’t try putting words in my mouth, either. Won’t work.

    2. You are literally saying that Bernie is corrupt, just not as good at it as others.

      Why isn’t Bernie donating his “extra” houses and money to resolve income inequality? How about he buy health coverage for those who lack it? These are things he CLAIMS he wants others to be forced to do.

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