Bernie Sanders in 1970s Senate race called millionaire senators ‘immoral’

(CNN)Bernie Sanders harshly criticized the wealth of US senators during his first campaign for office in 1971, calling it “immoral” that half the members of the Senate were millionaires. Sanders defended his newfound wealth in an interview with the New York Times. “I wrote a bestselling book,” Sanders said. “If you write a bestselling book, you can be a millionaire too.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, taking inflation into account, $1 million in 1971 is nearly $6.2 million in 2019. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics, more than 70% of senators were millionaires as recently as 2015. Sanders made the comments when he was running for US Senate …