Donald Trump is the Twitter King, as he uses the social media site to get around the cooked media and speak directly to his followers.
However, there’s a less successful 2016 presidential candidate that has clearly been using his tactics: Bernie Sanders.
Sanders has over ten thousand tweets, and many of those are directed toward our new president.
On March 18th, Socialist Sanders turned to Twitter to lecture Americans who dare to DREAM BIG:
We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2017
“Wealth” is subjective. Bill Gates and your ‘rich’ grandma, for instance, may perceive wealth differently.
Let us also mention that it is safe to say that Sanders might be also be a bit hypocritical:
…According to Twitter users, the comments come off as lacking self-awareness, given that Sanders is the owner of three homes, most recently purchasing a $600,000 lakefront property in Vermont last year.
This despite being a government employee and public servant for the majority of his adult life. In addition, Sanders only paid a tax rate of 13.5 percent in 2014, a very small rate considering that he is a relatively wealthy man — compared to the rest of Americans — and routinely argues that the wealthy don’t pay their “fair share.”
Sanders’ concern for the poor was called into question:
YOU worship wealth, constantly trying to take others & control it, you have many homes pay tiny % in tax & "hate charity" @berniesanders
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) March 18, 2017
One Twitter blasted Bernie for his deep embrace of socialism:
In fairness to Bernie Sanders, if you never worked a day in the private sector yet owned 3 houses, you'd believe in Socialism too….
— Pissed Pat (@Pissed_Pat) March 18, 2017
And THIS question was also frequented:
@BernieSanders which of you 3 homes did you tweet that from?
— DJ (@blaubok) March 18, 2017
But the BEST response of the day? This one:
@BernieSanders I don't think we should live in a country where you can say this while having 3 houses and pay a lower tax rate than I do.
— Sane Thoughts (@LibertAmerican) March 18, 2017