After losing the coveted Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential elections, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to be planning to lead a pretty quiet life. Unfortunately for the senator, his recent purchase of a fairly impressive $575,000 lakefront camp in the Lake Champlain Islands.
In a report from Vermont newspaper Seven Days, it was revealed that the former presidential hopeful has purchased a house with four bedrooms and a 500-foot beachfront facing Vermont. The properly was to serve as the senator's seasonal camp with his family.
Considering that Sanders has been very adamant about socialism during his campaign, his purchase of the $575,000 lakefront house was met with scathing criticism from the internet's hypocrisy police.
Some netizens accused Sanders of selling out to current Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Others were even more foul, accusing him of stealing from the people who donated to his campaign.
As of writing, the Vermont senator has not responded to the criticism of his lakefront purchase. After all, the former presidential hopeful is currently writing his upcoming book, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, which is set to be released on Nov. 15.
While the hypocrisy police of the internet continue to fume about the senator's real estate purchase, avid Sanders supporters have rallied behind the former presidential hopeful, stating that after decades of public service, the senator definitely has every right to purchase the lakefront house.
Responding to scathing comments, Sanders supporter Deb Ritchie argues that the 74-year-old politician does not deserve the hate he is currently getting.
"The man is 74 years old and has worked incredibly hard his whole life, as has his wife. If they wish to buy a retirement home after this year where he put his heart and soul into the people, then all the power to him. I hope Bernie and Jane and their family enjoy their new Retirement Home in HERO, a place aptly named for Bernie to live. You haters should be ashamed of yourselves. Enjoy Bernie & Jane. You Deserve to be Happy," Ritchie stated.
In a lot of ways, Sanders' supporters do have a point. The Vermont senator has been in public service for a long time, and among his peers, he holds one of the cleanest records in American politics in recent years. Plus, a $575,000 lakefront house is almost nothing compared to what his peers, the other presidential hopefuls, currently own.