Leftist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-CA) for supporting what he called a “tax break for rich people” — a surprising departure from the typically united progressive contingent of Congress.
When asked in an Axios interview if he supported restoring the State and Local Tax deductions (SALT), Sanders snapped back at the two Democrat leaders.
“It sends a terrible, terrible message,” the senator said. “You can’t be on the side of the wealthy and the powerful if you’re gonna really fight for working families.”
.@jonathanvswan: What if Dems reinstate “the SALT, which is a tax break for rich people in blue states?”@SenSanders: “It sends a terrible, terrible message…You can’t be on the side of the wealthy and the powerful if you’re gonna really fight for working families.” #AxiosOnHBO pic.twitter.com/Ij20vg6VsA
— Axios (@axios) May 9, 2021
Sanders also noted the “drift” in the Democrat party. He added, “Democratic Party has drifted away from being the party of FDR and even Harry Truman in being understood and perceived correctly as a working class party.”
The political debate in the U.S. now is not over the economy, healthcare, climate, racial justice, etc. The real issue is whether we remain a democracy. Tragically, the GOP has become an authoritarian cult based on lies and conspiracy theories. They cannot be allowed to succeed.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 9, 2021
The Vermont senator has served since 2006 after 16 years in Congress. He has served as the caucus’ ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee.
As a two-time Democrat presidential candidate, Sanders continued to wield great influence within the party. His latest interview signals a growing divide between traditional Democrats and the more radical members of the party.