President Trump on Tuesday blasted Bernie Sanders after the Vermont senator released 10 years of his tax returns showing he earned more than $500,000 in 2018 — and also taunted him and former VP Joe Biden about a potential 2020 contest saying “May God Rest Their Soul!”
“Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income,” Trump wrote in a tweet.
“He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him,” he added.
Trump has not released any of his tax returns, despite fervent calls from Democrats and American voters for him to do so.
In a town hall event on Fox News on Monday, Sanders also called on the president to release the information.
“I guess the president watches your network a little bit, right?” Sanders said to the moderators at the event in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “Hey, President Trump. My wife and I just released 10 years. Please do the same.”
Sanders — who has railed against the top 1 percent of earners — is among the top 1 percent income bracket in the country, according to his tax filings.
But in a statement released with his tax returns, Sanders welcomed paying more in taxes as his income increased.
“I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country. I will continue to fight to make our tax system more progressive so that our country has the resources to guarantee the American Dream to all people,” Sanders said.
In another tweet Tuesday night, Trump predicted he would either face Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
“I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)!” he wrote. “I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul!”
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