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Bernie Sanders has made a fortune by selling socialism to college students, informing them that their life would be better had it not been for those pesky millionaires and billionaires. Despite the glaring hypocrisy, not everyone in the mainstream media wants to expose the Vermont Senator.
When news broke on Monday that Sanders had made more than a million dollars in 2016 alone, many conservatives saw the irony. However, Dave Weigel of The Washington Post insisted that there was no story there.
Weigel’s tweet was mocked by the left and right for refusing to acknowledge the obvious hypocrisy of Sanders berating the wealthy and talking about socialism only to become rich himself, giving little in charitable donations, and pays fewer taxes than Donald Trump.
You are too smart to be this obtuse. This is about the hypocrisy of BS and his sycophants who decry wealth except when it comes to BS.— Anny B. (@64AnnyBug) June 6, 2017
Sanders criticized politicians' speech money, but got himself a nice book deal before the Nov vote - that IS hypocrisy.— S.C. (@yelphets) June 6, 2017
Perfectly fair when you laude yourself as some type of angelic pauper. His whole ideology is based on purity, and dishonest takes on others.— Marc Murphy (@mnnurse10) June 6, 2017
He got paid $800,000 to scream about rich people. Stop being an ass for 5 minutes, Dave.— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 6, 2017
Oh come on. This is just as disingenuous as you make your opponents out to be. He attacks the rich while being rich. Simple as that.— Levi (@leviphillip) June 6, 2017
Shouldn't he at least set an example of volunteering to pay the income tax bracket he demands of others. https://t.co/N13D6uVk0d— CNN Is ISIS & Hitler (@NolteNC) June 6, 2017
He attacks the rich while being rich. That's the criticism and you know it. Put your straw man away. It's a hot dry day. It's a fire hazard. https://t.co/wv1ACqWop3— neontaster (@neontaster) June 6, 2017
The WaPo writer has had a history of being partisan. Back in 2010, he had to quit the Post when leaked e-mails revealed that Weigel was saying derogatory remarks about conservatives including that he hoped Rush Limbaugh’s heart failed, that conservative media sought to protect white privilege, called Matt Drudge and Glenn Beck racists, called James O’Keefe an ‘ACORN ratf**cker,’ and even called pro-life Democrat Rep. Daniel Lipinski (Ill.) a “monster” for his opposition to abortion in Obamacare.
Despite WaPo‘s decision to take Weigel back, he has not backed down on his partisan anti-Republican rhetoric. In 2016, the paper’s Managing Editor Cameron Barr called out Weigel’s tweets about a GOP congressional candidate as being “inappropriate and unacceptable.”