Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is a progressive, far left-leaning senator from Vermont who is a dedicated supporter of the Green New Deal and other policies aimed at combating climate change. That’s what he would have Americans believe, anyway.
But Sanders exposed himself as somewhat of a hypocrite on Thursday when he admitted to late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that he has no plans to cut back on his use of a private jet in 2020. According to The Washington Times, the senator will actually be flying more often because of his need to split his time between the campaign trail and President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
Sanders exposes Sanders
Sanders’ remarks came on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the host pressed the senator on his private jet usage and whether it stands in juxtaposition to his views on global warming and man-made climate change.
“Word is, we have heard reports — and I would like to find out if you can confirm these — that in order to sit for the Senate trial and campaign in Iowa, you’re going to be using private jets at night,” Colbert said Thursday, according to Breitbart.
Sanders quickly confirmed: “Probably one jet.”
“Multiple rides in a private jet?” Colbert pressed, to which Sanders responded: “Yes, yes.”
Colbert went on to suggest that perhaps the Democrat senators on the campaign trail could carpool on Sanders’ private aircraft.
“Maybe we can all chip in, get one plane, and come back,” Sanders agreed, according to the Times.
The two faces of Bernie
Indeed, it seems Sanders will be flying in his private jet all winter to tell Americans across the country how dire the issue of climate change really is. In his Thursday interview, Sanders told Colbert that the world needs to “aggressively tackle climate change and tell the fossil fuel industry that their short-term profits are not more important than the future of our planet,” the Times reported.
Sanders has also previously expressed support for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal, which attacks air travel, according to Forbes, and said during one Democratic debate that world-ending consequences could hit in less than a decade if we don’t act now.
“We don’t have decades,” Sanders said in November, according to Breitbart. “What the scientists are telling us — if we don’t get our act together within the next eight or nine years, we’re talking about cities all over the world — major cities — going underwater.”
But if the situation were really this severe, would Sanders be flying around the country, wasting fossil fuels and increasing carbon emissions? It looks like Sanders wants Americans to do what he says, not as he does.