Bernie Sanders is a Hypocrite

I will be employing the modus ponens argument to prove that Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite. The modus ponens argument is a logical argument of the form:


Premise 1: If P, then Q.

Premise 2: P.

Conclusion: Therefore, Q.


A modus ponens argument is always valid, i.e., if the premises are correct, then the conclusion must be correct -- and there is no escaping that fact. If the following premises are correct, there is no escaping the conclusion that Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


Hypocrite: a person who indulges in hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.


I will be presenting 4 simple arguments in this post.

The Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay Argument:


Premise 1: If Bernie Sanders calls for a $15 minimum wage and 1.5x overtime pay but he doesn’t pay his staff that minimum wage or overtime, then Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

Premise 2: Bernie Sanders calls for a $15 minimum wage and 1.5x overtime pay but he doesn’t pay his staff that minimum wage or overtime.

Conclusion: Therefore, Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


It is well-known that Bernie Sanders is a vocal advocate for a $15 minimum wage. In 2015, Sanders introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. In 2019, after proposing another federal minimum wage increase bill, Bernie said, “The current $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It must be increased to a living wage of $15 an hour.” It is clear that Bernie Sanders is in favor of a $15 minimum wage.


During 2015, Bernie endorsed an Obama administration initiative calling for employees who work overtime to be paid time-and-a-half (1.5x). It is a federal law that employees who work overtime be paid 1.5x, but workers labeled “Shift Supervisor” or “Assistant Manager” are exempt from overtime pay. “This long overdue change in overtime rules is a step in the right direction and good news for workers,” Sanders said, “businesses no longer will be able to shirk their responsibility to pay fair wages by simply labeling workers earning as little as $24,000 a year as supervisors.” Clearly, Sanders supports paying workers 1.5x for overtime.


Unsurprisingly, unless one is extremely naive of politician behavior, a story broke in late 2019 showing that Bernie Sanders’ campaign staff was fighting to get the $15 minimum wage Sanders supports but does not practice. Field organizers were being paid $36,000 per year for a job that took them 60 hours a week to complete - that amounts to less than $13 per hour.


“I am struggling financially to do my job, and in my state, we’ve already had 4 people quit in the past 4 weeks because of financial struggles,” one organizer wrote.


Some people point out, correctly, that the field organizer’s pay amounts to $18 without counting overtime. But the job takes more than 40 hours per week to complete, driving down the hourly wage to $12 per hour. And workers were not being paid 1.5 overtime - in fact, they were not being paid overtime at all!


Bernie did not practice what he preached with his workers.


This dispute has since been allegedly solved, but only after the story broke to the press.


Evidently, Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

The 3 Houses Argument:


Premise 1: If Bernie Sanders complains that rich people should not have multiple amenities but he buys multiple amenities when he is rich, then Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

Premise 2: Bernie Sanders complains that rich people should not have multiple amenities but he buys multiple amenities when he is rich.

Conclusion: Therefore, Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


In April 2017, Sanders posted a tweet that read, “How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can't have it all.


Ironically enough, in 2016, the first year Sanders had a reported income of over $1 million dollars, he bought a house -- his third house. Bernie Sanders owns three houses: one house in Burlington, Vermont, where he lives, one house in Washington, where he works, and his latest addition was a nearly $600,000 waterfront vacation home in North Hero, Vermont.


Some supporters argue that his latest house, the vacation home, was inheritance. That is not correct. Bernie Sanders’ wife inherited $150,000 yet the house was bought for $575,000. Supporters of Sanders argue that it is fine for him to have three houses, but it is plainly hypocritical for him to own three houses when he speaks out against rich people owing multiple amenities.


Does Bernie need a house in Washington? Can he not rent? Sleep in his office? Does Bernie need a lakefront vacation home? Why not donate the $575,000 he used for a house he clearly doesn’t need to charity, or to the poor?


Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

The Environmental Argument:


Premise 1: If Bernie Sanders endorses legislation (Green New Deal) that calls for a drastic reduction, or elimination, of air travel but he spends millions in private jets, then Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

Premise 2: Bernie Sanders endorses legislation (Green New Deal) that calls for a drastic reduction, or elimination, of air travel but he spends millions in private jets.

Conclusion: Therefore, Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


Bernie Sanders endorsed the Green New Deal multiple times.


The Green New Deal is a resolution that purports to put an end to climate change within 10 years. One way this resolution proposes to do that is to drastically reduce, and eventually eliminate, air travel (replace it with trains). The Green New Deal reads, “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle”


In 2016, Sanders spent $100,000 on private jets. In 2018, $300,000. In 2019 (October through December), It has been reported that Bernie Sanders’ campaign spent $1.2 million on private air travel. It does not seem like Sanders is interested in reducing or eliminating his air travel's carbon footprint.


Although his campaign claims that they buy carbon offsets to balance out the emissions caused by Sanders’ air travel, they have not reported any numbers.

The Millionaire Argument:


Premise 1: If Bernie Sanders complained about millionaires but he stopped complaining once he became a millionaire, then Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.

Premise 2: Bernie Sanders complained about millionaires but he stopped complaining once he became a millionaire.

Conclusion: Therefore, Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


We can see Bernie Sanders publicly complaining about millionaires in multiple tweets in the picture below.



But once he disclosed that he earned $1 million in 2016 and another $1 million in 2017, he stopped complaining about millionaires and now only complains about billionaires. Bernie had a problem with millionaires until he became one.


Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite.


Again, an unsurprising conclusion, unless one is oblivious of politician behavior.