Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – fans of raising taxes on the rich – have taken to flying on private planes. Sanders – who likes to use the Twitter hashtag #SandersOnAPlane – has now taken to flying private regularly.
As ABC News reported,
“This holiday season, Sanders changed his routine and flew almost exclusively on private chartered planes with members of his traveling staff -- taking at least four trips. Most recently, the campaign confirmed, a Gulfstream 200 took the Senator and some staff from Burlington, Vermont two days after Christmas and then from Las Vegas, Nevada to Moline, Illinois for campaign events in eastern Iowa.”
A private jet also took Sanders and staff from Omaha, Nebraska to Chicago, Illinois.
The response of the self-described socialist to criticism of the carbon footprint he's laying down by flying private planes? “The carbon footprint? As opposed to what? We are trying to get around Iowa and get around the country as best we can. So we have a lot of people to see and that is the best way we can do it.”
His campaign spokesman added,
“Bernie is running for president of the United States and his campaign requires him to travel to many communities in Iowa and New Hampshire and other places as efficiently as possible to meet voters and to answer their questions. While he has used commercial airlines on almost all occasions, there are circumstances when using charter airplanes is the best way for him to get around the country and communicate with as many people as possible.”
Interestingly, none of the candidates used the well-capitalized private jet app Jetsmarter, which has been described as the best private plane option for the “rich but frugal,” and has free flights for members nationwide.
Whomever Sanders rented from wouldn’t speak to the media – nor would he discuss how even Sanders’ climate plan is targeted at the evil capitalists, claiming that "the reason we haven’t solved climate change isn’t because we aren’t doing our part, it’s because a small subsection of the 1 percent are hell-bent on doing everything in their power to block action.”
Also, you aren't doing your part, Bernie.