Earth to Jane Sanders. Earth to Jane Sanders. For whatever their faults may be, the FBI does not launch 3-year investigations into bank fraud claims because it is motivated by misogyny. That may play well in the liberal circles your husband traveled in to mount his campaign for president last year, but it falls a little flat back here in the real world. About as flat as Crazy Bernie’s plan to turn the United States into the Sweden of the Americas.
In an interview with The Boston Globe this weekend, Bernie’s wife and former campaign chair told everyone who will listen that the investigation into her fraudulently-obtained loans is wholly based on politics and discriminatory bias.
“I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation,” she said. “And that’s not OK.”
What’s not OK? That you just played the gender card when there’s no evidence whatsoever that the investigation is – AT ALL – based on sexism? That there’s no evidence whatsoever that the FBI is pursuing this inquiry for political reasons? Is THAT what’s “not OK?” Then yes, we would have to agree.
According to the Washington Examiner, Brady Toensing, the official who filed the original complaint against Sanders, has been looking into her financial activities since 2014, long before he was a part of Donald Trump’s Vermont campaign. In the course of his research, he came across enough evidence that she fraudulently obtained a loan to keep the now-defunct Burlington College open that the FBI was willing to open a full-scale investigation.
“Jane Sanders must think Hillary Clinton’s campaign was sexist for viewing the alleged bank fraud as a major issue, too,” said RNC official Michael Ahrens.
Which is a fair point, since the leaked emails from Clinton’s campaign showed that they were also researching her role in the college’s financial failure, leaving open the possibility that they might use them in an attack on Bernie.
In his own comments to the Globe, Toensing said that his political leanings had nothing whatsoever to do with his interest in the outcome of the inquiry.
“My goal is for a full, fair, and impartial investigation – that’s all I care about,” Toensing said. “That people be treated the same regardless of status in this system.”
Of course, politically-speaking, there is a vast amount of hypocrisy in the fact that Sanders allegedly used her status as the wife of a U.S. senator to dodge financial disclosure rules that would have quickly exposed her dirty dealings. Her husband is supposed to be this pious champion for the little guy, but this whole sordid story proves that he’s just another Washington phony.
We wish we could say we’re surprised.