Sanders slams ‘anti-Semitic article’ about his wealth

Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Bernie Sanders (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.

{mosads}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-Cortez (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.

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