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Bernie Sanders Explains Why He’s A Millionaire

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, admitted Tuesday that he is a part of the millionaire class.

Sanders often rails against millionaires on the campaign stump and opened his 2016 presidential campaign by bragging that he didn’t “have millionaire or billionaire friends.”

But Sanders himself is now a millionaire, he acknowledged to The New York Times.

“I wrote a best-selling book,” he told the paper. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

Sanders also pledged to release 10 years of his tax returns within the coming week. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders, Climate Hawk, Spends Nearly $300K On Private Jet Travel In Month)

“April 15 is coming,” Sanders told the Times. “We wanted to release 10 years of tax returns. April 15, 2019, will be the 10th year, so I think you will see them.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a rally at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center on April 06, 2019 in Fairfield, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a gathering of the National Action Network April 5, 2019 in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanders, who owns three houses, has often cited the “proliferation of millionaires and billionaires” in America as evidence that the economy is rigged against working people.

“Are we comfortable to see a huge increase in millionaires and billionaires but have more people living in poverty than ever? I know I’m not,” he wrote in a December 2016 tweet. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders, Climate Hawk, Spends Nearly $300K On Private Jet Travel In Month)

Sanders also previously criticized President Donald Trump for having millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet.

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