Many people wouldn’t consider Bernie Sanders rich. But even with Sanders’ relatively modest nest egg, the senator is still seven times richer than half of all Americans. (Sanders is worth $330,000, while Americans’ median wealth is $49,900.) That difference is not unrelated to why he’s running for President — and it’s also why his run has galvanized such attention and support, especially in the form of small donations.
Indeed Bernie Sanders‘ relative wealth — he is the least wealthy major candidate in the race — says more about what shaky financial ground most Americans stand on than about Sanders’ own financial comfort. And it’s that shaky ground that the Sanders platform pledges to sure up through a more equitable tax structure and opportunity system. Some of Sanders’ supporters, to judge from some of the comments here, are so angry about inequality that they can’t recognize a salient point made in favor of their candidate’s run — mainly that if Bernie Sanders is relatively wealthy, a large swath of Americans need his help.