Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is over, a fact that everyone knows except for Sanders himself. And if Sanders continues to stubbornly refuse to drop out until after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, his Secret Service detail could cost American taxpayers over $1 million:
NBC’s Kirsten Welker reported Tuesday on the Today Show that Sanders is facing increased scrutiny for continuing to pursue the Democratic nomination because it is costing taxpayers large sums of money, especially because Hilary Clinton is now the presumptive nominee with an insurmountable lead in delegates.
Welker described how the Secret Service is still protecting Sanders because he remains a presidential candidate, surrounding the senator as he walks through Capitol Hill and even installing a small watch station outside his home.
“Sanders’ decision to stay in the race is costing taxpayers an estimated $38,000 a day for Secret Service protection,” Welker reported. “With 35 days until the convention, that could add up to $1.3 million if Sanders goes all the way to Philadelphia.”
As a socialist, of course, Sanders is all for irresponsibly and inefficiently spending other people’s money.