Bernie Sanders’ campaign escalates feud with top liberal think tank

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

"If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I'm sorry, I'm not going to do it", Sanders said in a fiery Fox News town hall Monday night.

Prior to the event Monday, the presidential town hall that had garnered the highest audience was that held by CNN with California Sen.

Read the full report at Fox News. "I guess the president watches your network a little bit, right?"

But Lemon stepped in to defend Sanders, noting that "Bernie Sanders only rails against the 1% who don't pay their share". It has Republicans, independents, Democratic socialists, conservatives. "I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around, but when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than a $20,000 increase in taxes". The Sanders campaign promised early in his candidacy this cycle that he would release his financial records.

Sanders had come under increasing pressure to make the tax disclosures as his primary rivals rolled out their own returns and critics - along with some allies - began to agitate for a more complete, public look inside the candidate's pocketbook. Noting that Sanders does not advocate taxing the wealthiest Americans at 70 percent - like some of his Democratic colleagues - Sanders said he believes the rate should be 52 percent, which he advocated for during his 2016 presidential campaign. The release also confirms that Sanders' income crossed the $1 million threshold in 2016 and 2017, though he reported less earnings in his most recent return.

During the last campaign, Sanders released his 2014 tax returns and said he would release more if he earned the nomination.

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Trump, however, is unlikely to be fazed by Sanders's decision to release his tax information, after winning the White House in 2017 without filing his returns.

The Sanders campaign said those rates do not reflect charitable proceeds given from one of his books, which he did not deduct from his taxes.

The effective rates and income both represent substantial increases from 2014, which was the past year of tax returns publicly released by the candidate, when he earned $205,617 and paid a 13.4% effective rate. That year the couple paid about $340,000 in taxes.

The US$1.7m ($2.5m) puts them in America's highest income brackets, according to tax returns released by the presidential candidate today.

Sanders earlier Sunday wrote a harshly-worded letter accusing CAP of "using its resources to smear" him and two of his Senate colleagues running in 2020 after ThinkProgress published a video suggesting Sanders stopped disparaging millionaires when he became one. But his efforts at transparency paled in comparison to his opponent for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton, who released eight years of her tax returns.

Challenged Trump to release his tax returns.

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