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So, people are freaking out about Bernie Sanders' new $600K summer house

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently purchased a $600,000 lakefront summer home in North Hero, Vermont -- a fact that's got more than a few people on the internet freaking out.

Criticism of Sanders' purchase came from mostly conservative-leaning news outlets, which accused Sanders of acting against the values of his campaign.

Those values included speaking against income inequality, and deriding the richest 1 percent of Americans. 

Some accused Sanders of using leftover campaign donations to buy the new pad. 

Sold the family home in Maine

It's unlikely, however, that Sanders used campaign cash, since that would be illegal. Leftover campaign cash can only legally be used as donations to charities or political parties; contributions to other candidates for office; or it can be saved for another campaign if the candidate chooses to run again.

Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane, explained to the local Vermont paper Seven Days how the couple actually afforded the house: by selling a family-owned lake home in Maine.

Other homes in Vermont, D.C.

"My family had a lake home in Maine since 1900, but we hadn't had the time to go there in recent years especially since my parents passed away," she told the paper.

"We finally let go of it and that enabled us to buy a place in the islands something I've always hoped for."

Sanders also owns a house in Burlington, Vermont, and a row house in Washington, D.C.

Socialism vs. Democratic socialism

Many criticisms toward the former Democratic candidate were based on the notion that Sanders is a socialist, someone who wants to government to run the entire economy.

But Sanders is actually a Democratic socialist, which means he believes America should still be a political democracy, but with more government influence over the economy and the means of production.

'Decent standard of living'

"The next time you hear me attacked as a socialist like tomorrow remember this: I don't believe government should take over the grocery store down the street, or own the means of production," Sanders said in a speech explaining his ideology last year.

"But I do believe that the middle class and the working families of this country who produce the wealth of this county deserve a decent standard of living, and that their incomes should go up, not down."

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