Disney’s CEO Disputes Bernie Sanders’ Low Pay Allegations

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Bob Iger has a message for Bernie Sanders.

Bob Iger goes after Bernie Sanders

(Photo: Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

The CEO of Disney fired back at the Democratic presidential candidate after he criticized the company while campaigning in California this week.

“To Bernie Sanders: We created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland in the past decade, and our company has created 18,000 in the U.S. in the last five years,” Iger wrote in a Facebook post. “How many jobs have you created? What have you contributed to the U.S. economy?”

Bernie Sanders (Reuters Pictures)

(Photo: Reuters)

While campaigning in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Sanders criticized the company for not paying its workers “a living wage.”

“Anybody make a living wage working for Disney?” Sanders asked supporters. “Disney pays its workers so low that many are forced to live in motels, because they can’t afford a decent place to live.” (RELATED: Danny DeVito Stumps For Bernie Sanders: ‘I’m Feelin’ The Bern’

“Meanwhile, Disney made a record-breaking profit of nearly $3 billion last quarter.”

A Disney spokesman said Sanders “didn’t have his facts right.”

“Mr. Sanders clearly doesn’t have his facts right,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The Disneyland Resort generates more than $5.7 billion annually for the local economy, and as the area’s largest employer has added more than 11,000 jobs over the last decade, a 65 percent increase.” (RELATED: ‘The Wire’ Star Arrested For Attacking A Woman Who Said She Supports Bernie Sanders)

“These numbers don’t take into account our $1 billion expansion to add a ‘Star Wars’-themed land, which will create thousands of additional jobs across multiple sectors.”