Bernie Sanders blames record-breaking Halloween candy prices on greedy corporations and gets torched online

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blamed candy company greed for the high price of Halloween candy, but his claims were met with ridicule and derision by many on social media.

“While the cost of Halloween candy has risen more than 13.1% since last September, the Mars candy bar family has grown 44% richer during the pandemic, adding $32.6 billion to its fortunes. The Mars family is now worth $106.8 billion,” Sanders tweeted on Friday.

“You know what scary is? Corporate greed,” he added.

Sanders probably responded to that a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which said the cost of celebrating Halloween rose to record levels this year due to inflation. The cost of candy is up 13% from last year, the biggest jump on record, while the cost of clothing is up 5.5%, meaning costumes are also more expensive.

Some online critics found Sanders’ attempt to blame companies for the damage caused by inflation unconvincing.

“You know what scary is? Someone who has never created or built anything, or ever employed people or had to do payroll, can spend 100 years as a senator doing nothing but tearing down what others are building. This is crazy,” it read An answer.

“We almost hear that access to cheap candy bars is a ‘human right’. “Maybe candy bars would be a little cheaper if the US sugar industry didn’t get favors from the government,” Bernie himself has long advocated,” read another tweet.

“You know what’s even scarier? Government greed, I can choose not to buy candy, but I can’t choose not to fund the government.” answered another critic.

Despite higher prices for candy and costumes, Americans are expected to spend about $10 billion on the haunted holiday this year.

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Laura Coffey

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