CORALVILLE, Iowa — When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders learned Saturday that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos reportedly asked fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg about running for president, Sanders couldn’t contain his laughter to speak.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was in Iowa campaigning for Sanders, jumped in while Sanders composed himself.
“Of course!” she said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend differences and backgrounds and even politics.
“The fact that Bill Gates seems more willing to vote for Donald Trump than anyone else tells you everything you need to know about how far they’re willing to go to protect their excess, at the cost to everyday Americans.”
Sanders jumped in to joke that the two billionaires make for their own “strong grassroots movement.”
“Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that’s real class solidarity,
Sanders said with a chuckle.
“I’m impressed by that grassroots movement.
We, on the other hand, have had over a million people contribute to our campaign, in millions of individual contributions averaging $16 a piece.
That’s what we get from working-class people. So a little bit different approach to politics.”
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