Dem strategist: Sanders's plan to release tax returns is 'four years too late'

Democratic strategist Jennifer Holdsworth said Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE’s plan to release his tax returns is “four years too late” amid the ongoing push from the party to see President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE's own returns.

“I’m happy that he’s finally releasing his taxes,” Holdsworth, senior vice president of issues management at MWWPR Public Affairs, told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

“In my mind, it’s four years too late — I hate being a hypocrite, I hate defending hypocrites,” she continued. Hill.TV has reached to Sanders for comment. 

During the 2016 Democratic primary, the Vermont senator only released his 2014 tax returns.

“In 2015, he stood up on stage against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP MORE and told everybody he was going to release his taxes and then never did,” Holdsworth said. “Meanwhile, he was calling her out for things that were in her taxes — the reason why we knew that is because she released hers, so I think there was a lot of hypocrisy going on.”

The Democratic strategist predicted that this perceived hypocrisy could become an issue among voters as the 2020 race heats up. 

"Voters aren’t maybe paying attention now, but I think ultimately in the Democratic primary while it’s incredibly friendly right now, it’s going to get more pointed around the debates," she told Hill.TV.

Holdsworth’s comments come after Sanders announced in an interview with the New York Times that he will release 10 years of his tax returns by Monday. He added that he hopes Trump will follow suit amid renewed pressure from House Democrats

“On the day in the very immediate future, certainly before April 15, we release ours, I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same,” he told the publication for a story published Tuesday.

Sanders said much of his recent rise in wealth has come from his most book, “Where We Go From Here.”

“I wrote a best-selling book,” Sanders told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

Sanders would be among several Democratic contenders running for president to release their tax returns. Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package MORE (N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC MORE (Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE (Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBeyond California, a record year for recalls Seattle is first major US city to see 70 percent of residents fully vaccinated, mayor says Rivers, hydropower and climate resilience MORE, have already released several years of their returns.

—Tess Bonn