Sanders slams 'anti-Semitic article' about his wealth

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday described an article from Politico about his wealth as being anti-Semitic.

“Call that what it is, an anti-Semitic article,” the 2020 presidential candidate said after The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur mentioned the article in an interview.

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Politico's article, "The Secret of Bernie’s Millions," has been blasted by progressives as being anti-Semitic for its portrayal of the Jewish senator's wealth. The illustrations accompanying the article in particular have drawn criticism.

One illustration depicts Sanders beside a tree made of money, while another shows a grinning Sanders appearing to hold his house in the palm of his hand while two other properties he owns sit on his shoulders.

Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted that the illustrations were a clear example of historic anti-Semitic stereotypes surrounding Jewish people and wealth, adding that the news site published the images because Sanders is "a progressive politician they don’t like."

"Can ⁦@politico⁩ explain to us how photoshopping money trees next to the only Jewish candidate for president and talking about how 'cheap' and rich he is *isn’t* antisemitic?" the congresswoman wrote. "Or are they just letting this happen because he’s a progressive politician they don’t like?" 

Several of Sanders's campaign staff made similar arguments.

"Meet @Politico -- a DC newspaper that sees a president call Nazis 'very fine people,' and then decides to create a graphic putting a money tree behind the president's Jewish opponent, whose father's family was killed by Nazis," David Sirota, a speechwriter with Sanders's 2020 campaign tweeted.

Sanders's chief of staff, Ari Rabin-Havt, concurred with Sirota, calling one of the images an "anti-Semitic trope." 

Saturday was the first time Sanders himself publicly commented on the report.

He would be the first Jewish president if elected to the office in 2020.

Politico did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sanders's criticism of its article.