WWhite House Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday defended close to $ 1 million in royalties for his book published after the failure of his 2016 presidential election.
The self-proclaimed Socialist said he "did not apologize for writing a number 3 book on the New York Times bestseller."
Sanders told his supporters that he "did not know it would be a crime to write a good book" while he opposed hypocrisy for wanting to tax the rich. Sanders has received three royalty disbursements from Macmillan-St. Based in New York. Martin's press totaling $ 900,000, according to his most recent disclosure of financial data in the Senate.
"My point of view has always been that we need a progressive tax system, which requires that the richest people in the country finally start paying their fair share of taxes. If I make a lot of money, you win a lot, that's what I believe, "said Sanders, frustrated by the series of questions asked. "Again, I do not apologize for writing a New York Times bestseller book number 3, translated into five or six languages, and that's all."
Sanders has made taxation "millionaires and billionaires" a central part of his presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, blaming the rich for ruining the US economy. "We will no longer tolerate that 46% of all new income goes to the richest people in the country," said Sanders at the launch of his campaign last month.
Sanders agreed last week to publish his tax returns while admitting that he was a millionaire.
The Vermont legislature currently ranks second for the Democratic candidacy, according to the latest average RealClearPolitics polls. It is 10 percentage points over former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet announced his candidacy for the presidency.