During a speech Senator Bernie Sanders made during a rally in Iowa on Saturday, he talked about how Walmart, owned by one of the richest families in America, was taking massive amounts of welfare money by underpaying its workers.

Sanders pointed out that the Walton family owned as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of Americans, and yet, they continued to draw massive amounts of money from taxpayers by refusing to pay their workers a living wage.

“Isn’t it weird that many of the people who work at Walmart are on medicaid, which you pay for; they’re on food stamps, which you pay for; they’re in government-subsidized housing, which you pay for because the Walton family refuses to provide the wages and benefits their workers deserve.”

Sanders directly addressed the Walton family by saying,

“Get off of welfare, start paying your workers a living wage”

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com