Bernie Sanders claps back at billionaire's criticism: 'Cry me a river'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNewsmax host: Jury decided to 'sacrifice' Chauvin to the mob Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term MORE (I-Vt.) responded on Twitter to criticism from billionaire Leon Cooperman who said the idea of a “fair share” was “bullshit.”

Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street,” Sanders tweeted. “Cry me a river.”


Cooperman is a hedge fund manager who has openly criticized investor who have bought GameStop, sending that company's shares soaring. The effort to buy stock in GameStop, AMC and other companies has been fueled in part by day traders and investors seeking to drive up the stock and force hedge funds who had shorted the stock to pay out.

Cooperman said he does not have GameStop shares or options, but he predicted those buying into GameStop would lose in the end, telling CNBC “this will end in tears."

In the interview, he also criticized the phrase “fair share” saying it is too vague of a term. “I hate that expression with a passion,” he said. 

“This fair share is a bullshit concept. It’s just a way of attacking wealthy people, and I think it’s inappropriate,” Cooperman told CNBC on Thursday. “We’ve all got to work together and pull together.”  


Cooperman says he voted for President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE despite disagreeing with him on some economic issues because former President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE’s “values” do not align with his. 

Cooperman said he would be fine with a marginal tax rate of 50 percent. 

“Yes. We will make Wall Street billionaires pay their fair share of taxes and create an economy that works for all of us,” Sanders tweeted.