Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders campaign has been making headlines as of late for all the wrong reasons.
The Washington Post first reported last Thursday that Sanders’ field staffers were upset that Sanders championed a $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail and made headlines for railing against major corporations who pay “starvation wages” — even as his own employees made “poverty wages.”
The presidential candidate who pushes the narrative of being the people’s advocate, announced over the weekend that in order to afford a $15-an-hour minimum wage for his campaign staffers, he would have to cut their hours.
Sanders was upset that his staffers spoke to the media regarding the issue, wishing instead that they would keep their mouths shut to help him cover up his lies and hypocrisy. He told The Des Moines Register that he was “very proud” to lead the first major presidential campaign with unionized workers, but also that he was very “bothered” by the face that the internal meltdown spilled out into the media.
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” Sanders added. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.”
The self-proclaimed socialist acknowledged the fact that sometimes pay dipped below the “livable” wage of $15/hour, and said that the solution was to “limit the number of hours staffers work.”
He went on to say that the union contract “not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers.”
The incident rightfully drew heavy criticism from spectators across the board.
“For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and, buddy, the results are hilarious,” wrote columnist and humorist Stephen Miller. He added: “Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving.”
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw lambasted the discord in the Sanders’ campaign — which has been struggling in post-debate polls — as beyond parody.
“So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice?” Crenshaw asked. “All three? Can’t make this stuff up.”
Others pointed out that the change would not mean an increase in pay for Sanders’ employees, and argued the move was merely a “cynical” way for Sanders to technically meet their demands rather than actually pay them more money.
“This situation is an instructive example of the downside of more than doubling the minimum wage,” wrote The Blaze’s Aaron Colen. “Companies don’t just suddenly get more money to pay employees. They have to make tough decisions; usually either cutting hours, or worse, cutting staff.”
Meanwhile, according to a letter from campaign staffers to Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, workers were being “expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages.”
“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour,” the letter continued, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
Sanders is an economical disaster waiting to happen, he has already gone on record in the to say that if he were to be elected as president, people would pay more in taxes. He even claimed that people would be “happy to pay more in taxes.”
What we’re seeing now from his campaign is what happens when Sander’s terrible socialist policies being put into effect in real life.