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Sam Sorbo: ‘Socialists Don’t Believe in Charity’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | April 22, 2019 | 11:45 AM EDT

Actress and radio talk show host Sam Sorbo (left), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (top right), and Democratic presidential primary candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (bottom right) (Screenshots)

Citing a tweet by former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, actress Sam Sorbo, known for her and her husband, Kevin Sorbo’s, recent film “Let There Be Light,” commented on the recent tax release information of Democratic presidential hopefuls, the actress stating in a tweet, “socialists don’t believe in charity.”

“Socialists don’t believe in charity,” tweeted Sam Sorbo. “They believe in government. Our youth are being taught the same in schools, therefore charitable giving will fall off, as more people expect government to provide.”

Sorbo’s remarks on her Twitter page came after Ari Fleischer tweeted about a piece by The Federalist titled “Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke Give Almost Nothing to Charity,” quoting Arthur Brooks in his 2015 book “The Conservative Heart”: “Households headed by a ‘conservative’ give, on average, 30 percent more dollars to charity than households headed by a ‘liberal.’ This discrepancy is not an artifact of income differences.”

Robert F. “Beto” O’Rourke released 10 years of tax filings on his website spanning from 2008 to 2017. According to the tax filings released by O’Rourke, in 2017, the O’Rourkes’ return shows that the Democratic presidential primary candidate and his wife donated a total of $1,166 to charity on an adjusted gross income of $366, 455. The O’Rourkes gave $50 to Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy, $100 to William College, $1,000 to Annunciation House and $16 to From K – 1 – Campr II Limited. O’Rourke’s charitable giving, as noted in The Federalist piece, amounted to “less than one-third of 1 percent” (.00318) of his household income in 2017.

Sen. Bernie Sanders also released 10 years of his tax returns on his website spanning from 2009 to 2018. According to the tax filings released by Sanders, in 2017, the Sanders’ return shows that the Democratic presidential primary candidate and his wife donated a total of $36,300 to charity on an adjusted gross income of $1,131,925, which amounts to three percent (.032) of Sen. Sanders’ household income in 2017.

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