“I’ll probably vote for Bernie,” Joe Rogan told listeners. “He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been the same thing his whole life.”
The podcaster was repeating a popular myth about Bernie Sanders.
Sanders has been the same thing his entire life. A political activist or a politician. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in political science and began his political career not long after moving to Vermont. He’s either been running for political office or holding political office for 48 years.
Over those nearly 50 years, he’s said a lot of insanely inconsistent things.
In 1971, he argued that it was a disgrace that there were so many millionaires in the Senate.
“Nobody should earn more than a million dollars,” he said in 1974. When he first ran for the Senate, he called for a 100% tax on wealth of over $1 million a year. These days, that’s just how much he makes.
“I wrote a best-selling book,” he told off critics. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Millionaires suck and should have all their money taken away. Until you become one.
But that’s just an inflation issue. Right? These days Bernie opposes billionaires instead of millionaires. And if he somehow became a billionaire, he would almost certainly give away all his money to the poor.
You can tell because the first year he made a million bucks, he gave a whole 1 percent of it to charity.
Bernie is a real 1 percenter.
But forget the money. Washington D.C. is full of guys who came there to fight corruption and then cashed in. Nobody’s too surprised when politicians find ways to cash in, like Sanders did with the Sanders Institute which employed his wife and stepkids to ‘institute’ whatever it is Sanders does.
What about his actual political beliefs? Has Bernie been saying the “same thing” his whole life?
Bernie Sanders moved from Vermont to Washington D.C. because a little organization called the NRA sent out a letter to its members telling them, “Bernie Sanders is a more honorable choice for Vermont sportsmen than Peter Smith.” Bernie ended up voting against a seven-day waiting period to buy guns, against the Brady Bill, and voted for a bill to protect firearms manufacturers from lawsuits.
And there’s nothing wrong with that except that now Bernie keeps talking about taking on the NRA.
But Bernie’s pitch to a gun rights group was, “I won’t change my views on the subject.”
That’s the same pitch that Joe Rogan fell for. Except that Bernie changes his mind when it’s politically convenient. And it doesn’t take 48 years for him to change his mind. Try a decade.
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