Even those who disagree with Bernie Sanders’ policies often can’t help but admire his apparent integrity.
However, his best selling point (maybe only, other than bashing the Queen) may be wearing thin already — whether because we’re learning more about the true Bernie through exposure or because he’s adopting the habits of other liberal leaders, who live by the “do as I say not as I do” mentality.
Today we witnessed a stunning example of his hypocrisy on display.
Via Daily Mail:
A day after Bernie Sanders claimed he ‘introduced the most comprehensive climate change legislation’ and said he would tax carbon use, the Democratic presidential candidate chartered a Delta 767 to fly him to Rome and back for less than 24 hours.
After attacking rival Hillary Clinton for her stance on fossil fuels stepped on Thursday, Sanders stepped off the plane on Friday in Rome for the Vatican conference with his wife, ten family members, a group of campaign staff, Secret Service detail and members of the press.
The total group of what is believed to be below 50, flew in a chartered Delta 767 for their trip, which can seat between 211 and 261 people, depending on the model. It is unclear if Sanders’ aircraft had flatbed seats.
A 767 aircraft carries up to 23,980 gallons of fuel, which is ‘enough to fill 1,200 minivans’, according to Boeing.
With a range of 6,408 miles on a full tank of gas, it can be calculated that a 767 like Sanders’ flying 4,435 miles from New York to Rome uses approximately 16,596 gallons of fuel. The round-trip flight will use approximately 33,193 gallons.
On average, an American flies only 7,500 miles per year, according to AmericanForests.org, 1,360 fewer miles than Sanders’ round-trip Rome travel. Thus, an average American releases less carbon emissions via aircraft each year than Sanders did in 24 hours.
Yeah, looks a lot like a man of the people, doesn’t he? Too bad no one in the lamestream media will highlight this. And anyway, his supporters may have their heads too busy protesting the $15 minimum wage or out riding their unicorns to notice.
Even so, he’s still got a ways to go to catch up to his rival Hillary Clinton.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]