One of America’s most far-left politicians will be coming to Minnesota later this week to campaign for Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent who has twice ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, will make campaign stops in Duluth, Rochester, and Minneapolis with Ellison on Thursday and Friday.
“I’m proud to support Keith Ellison’s grassroots campaign for reelection. As the people’s lawyer in Minnesota, he fights every day for the working class,” Sanders said.
Known for his criticisms of “millionaires and billionaires,” it was revealed in 2019 that Sanders himself became a millionaire after his 2016 run for president. He then purchased a $575,000 lake-front home in Vermont, one of three houses he owns, Fox News reported.
He adjusted his 2020 campaign message to focus exclusively on “billionaires,” according to a CNBC analysis.
Are we comfortable to see a huge increase in millionaires and billionaires but have more people living in poverty than ever? I know I'm not.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 23, 2016
The 80-year-old senator supports progressive policies like the Green New Deal and student loan forgiveness.
“Bernie Sanders’ upcoming campaign tour for Minnesota is further proof that the DFL is too extreme for Minnesota,” said Minnesota GOP communications director Nick Majerus.
“They support Bernie Sanders and President Biden’s extremist policies like billion-dollar giveaways to the rich; abolishing fossil fuels that will cost middle-class jobs and continue driving up inflation, and other extremist policies that will make life more difficult for everyday families,” he said. “Minnesotans can’t afford the reckless and extreme agenda of Socialist Democrats like Keith Ellison and Bernie Sanders.”
Sanders placed second in Minnesota’s 2020 Democratic presidential primary, earning 29% of the vote to Biden’s 38%.