During a recent interview, grassroots Democrat socialist and 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appeared to boast of his status as a millionaire.
While discussing his plans to release his tax information, Sanders attributed his wealth to book sales, sardonically suggesting, “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Sanders, who has frequently echoed President Trump’s critics’ calls for the release of his tax returns, has a history of promising and failing to deliver similar information.
From The Hill:
“We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same,” he continued.
Sanders acknowledged in the interview that he is a millionaire, attributing it to his book sales. The newspaper noted that his most recent book, “Where We Go From Here,” was published last year.
“I wrote a best-selling book,” he told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Sanders and other Democratic presidential candidates have sought to release their own financial information in an effort to push Trump to release his tax returns.
During the 2016 election, Trump cited an IRS audit as his reason for not releasing his returns. The agency has said audits don’t prohibit individuals from releasing information about their own finances.
Sanders has long promised to release his tax returns in connection with his presidential campaign and has said he and his wife, Jane, prepare them without an accountant, according to the Times.
Several other Democratic contenders for president, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren(Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, have released years of their tax returns.
Sanders has consistently ranked among the least wealthy senators but has made more money since his 2016 presidential campaign. According to his 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms, he earned roughly $1.06 million that year, most of it from book royalties, according to the Times.