Hillary Staffers Exchange Verbal Barbs With Sanders' Staff Over Private Jet Use

Hillary Staffers Exchange Verbal Barbs With Sanders' Staff Over Private Jet Use

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) set Twitter alight with his tongue-in-cheek suggestion about using a lie detector on President Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election debates.

"Our tax returns will bore you to death, nothing special about them", Sanders said, adding that his wife, Jane, does most of his taxes rather than using an accountant. He is the only president in modern history to decline to do so.

Sanders can tout his popularity among small donors, something that's coveted in the Democratic primary, as his average overall contribution hovers around $25.

More than two years later, still-bitter Clintonistas, including some working for Sanders' Democratic rivals in the 2020 presidential race, have not forgotten his demands, the website reported.

Almost 40 percent of Sanders's 2020 donors "used an email address that had never before been used to give" to him, his campaign said according to the Monday story in The Times.

According to Politico, the staffers said that Sanders' frequent requests for private planes from the campaign became "a running joke in the office" - in part because Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the fossil fuel industry and even pushed for the elimination of carbon-generating heavy aircraft in favor of high-speed rail networks. Trump said at the time that his taxes couldn't be released because he was under audit. He said that all staffers on his presidential campaign would receive training on harassment and would have access to an independent entity if they experience harassment. The consultant added that he would be happy to advise Sanders in the future.

"Sen. Sanders campaigned so aggressively for Secretary Clinton, at such a grueling pace, it became a story unto itself, setting the model for how a former opponent can support a nominee in a general election". He referenced an October 2016 letter sent to him by Clinton in which she thanked him for campaigning for her in multiple states. We are going to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of at least 15 bucks an hour, and whether Trump likes it or not, when I talk about human rights, you know what that also means? "I pledge certainly to do that".

The question now for Sanders is whether he can stand out in a crowded field of Democrats who embrace many of his policy ideas and who are newer to the national political stage - and whether Sanders can survive with the evident lingering resentment from members of the Democratic Party establishment.

Sanders, who confirmed his presidential run last week, replied: "Well, we'll bring a lie detector along and every time he lies it goes 'beep'".

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