Bernie Sanders’ Fox News Town Hall Breaks Records

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Sanders reported paying a 26% effective tax rate on his adjusted gross income.

He claimed that the majority of his earnings - $382,920 - came from writing and royalties, including the bestselling book "Where We Go from Here".

"Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their nearly $600,000 in income", Trump wrote.

Sanders resisted releasing his full returns during the 2016 presidential campaign, initially sharing only parts of his 2014 return that showed a joint income of $205,271.

It's tradition for presidential candidates, and most candidates for federal office, to release their tax returns. As James Adomian's Sanders parody character put it in a video about him scrambling to finish his tax return: "They are not taxing me at a high enough rate". He also challenged Trump to release his tax returns. President Trump watches your network a little bit, right?

The venue was a town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The book was released in November 2016, after his rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, lost the presidential election to Donald Trump. "Please do the same".

Other Democratic hopefuls Sen.

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In a town hall event on Fox News on Monday, Sanders also called on the president to release the information.

"This year, we had $560,000 in income", Sanders admitted.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, families in the U.S. earning $421,926 or more a year are part of this group.

In a statement Monday, Sanders said that his tax returns show his family has been "fortunate" in recent years. "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". "I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around, but when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than a $20,000 increase in taxes".

But Lemon stepped in to defend Sanders, noting that "Bernie Sanders only rails against the 1% who don't pay their share". That year the couple paid about $340,000 in taxes. "In my and my wife's case, I wrote a pretty good book".

"I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other", Sanders wrote in the April 13 letter first obtained by The New York Times.

Sanders and his wife disclosed $36,300 in charitable contributions in 2017, but their return does not detail each individual contribution. "As a strong proponent of transparency, the senator hopes President Trump and all Democratic primary candidates will disclose their tax returns". "We wanted to do 10 years and so we had (an internal) conversation saying, 'let's just do it all at once so we have the most recent one'".

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