Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Socialist presidential candidate, running under the banner of the Democrat Party. In 2016, the Democrat Party leadership screwed Crazy Bernie out of his chance to become their candidate, opting instead for Hillary Clinton, the candidate they believed was more of a “sure thing.” We all know how that turned out.
Bernie openly expressed his hatred for greedy rich Americans. He tells his followers that he’s running for office because he wants to level the playing field. He’s promising more freebies than American taxpayers could ever afford—and the young college students, who want someone else to pay off their student loans, are following him around like the Pied Piper.
In the beginning, way before Bernie Sanders ever dreamed of being a lifetime politician, he never held a steady job and struggled financially.
According to Politico – It was the beginning of the 1980s, and he was approaching 40, a single father of a not-quite-teenage son, renting a sparse second-floor apartment and having a hard time keeping up with his bills. “Not only,” he wrote on his yellow, coffee-splotched legal pads kept in archives at the University of Vermont, “do I not pay bills every month—‘What, every month?’—I am unable to …” His scribbles in barely legible cursive in the margins read like reminders and afterthoughts: “gas,” “light,” “water.”
He was, said Bruce Seifer, a friend of Sanders, an economic aide in his administration and one of many people who know him who told me this, “frugal.” Seifer paused and considered the right way to put it. “That’s a nice way of saying he’s a cheap son of a bitch.”
Today, he might still be cheap, but he’s sure not poor.
In the wake of his 2016 presidential run, the most lucrative thing he’s ever done, the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist is a three-home-owning millionaire with a net worth approaching at least $2 million, taking into account his publicly outlined assets and liabilities along with the real estate he owns outright.
In a strict, bottom-line sense, Sanders has become one of those rich people against whom he has so unrelentingly railed. The champion of the underclass and castigator of “the 1 percent” has found himself in the socioeconomic penthouse of his rhetorical boogeymen. This development, seen mostly as the result of big bucks brought in by the slate of books he’s put out in the past few years, predictably has elicited snarky pokes, partisan jabs and charges of hypocrisy. The millionaire socialist!
But wait…it gets worse…
Based on a deeper examination of his financial disclosures, tax returns, property records in Washington and Vermont, and scarcely leafed-through scraps of his financial papers housed at the University of Vermont, Sanders’ current financial portrait is not only some stroke-of-luck windfall, it’s also the product (with the help of his wife) of decades of planning. The upward trajectory from that jalopy of his to his relative riches now—as off-brand as it is for a man who once said he had “no great desire to be rich”—is the product of years of middle-class striving, replete with credit card debt, real estate upgrades and an array of investment funds and retirement accounts.
According to Heavy – Bernie’s third home is located on an island in Lake Champlain, said The Washington Post, and it cost three times the average home price in Vermont. The Post says Sanders and his family intend to use the property as a vacation home.
Sanders’ lakefront home was sold for $575,000 in August 2016, according to the real estate listing.
The real estate listing for Bernie’s new lake home says it has four bedrooms, 2.75 baths and 1,883 square feet.
The home is described as a “restored 1910 house w/ large open kitchen & 500′ of gradual, clean, direct lakefront. Gorgeous lake & Mtn views. Attached separate guest quarters.”
The home’s features include a dock, detached two-car garage, log exterior, guest house, and wood heating, the real estate listing said.
According to The Washington Post, Bernie and Jane Sanders also own homes in Washington D.C. and Burlington, Vermont.
Yahoo News describes the family’s Vermont home as “cream-clapboard Colonial with a red door on a quiet residential street” and adds “it is exactly the kind of house where you’d expect doting grandparents to live.”