Bernie Sanders released 10 years of tax returns Monday, revealing he has achieved millionaire status since his 2016 presidential bid. Senator Sanders responded to a question Monday about whether his income would negatively impact his political message.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system, which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes. If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe.”
Senator Sanders attributed his increase in wealth to sales from his book “Our Revolution”; he told The New York Times last week, “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Other 2020 hopefuls have also released their tax returns, including former Texas Congressmember Beto O’Rourke and Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand.
President Trump continues to refuse to release his tax records. Trump has claimed for years he is under audit—a claim disputed by his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in congressional testimony earlier this year.