Like Trump, Sanders doesn’t understand all the nuances of Apple’s financial contributions to the U.S.

In an interview with the Daily News Editorial Board, Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, was asked the unusual question if Apple is destroying the fabric of America. He said “no,” but added that he wished the company would manufacture in America and stop trying to avoid paying taxes.

Perhaps he’s unaware that Apple spent $100 million on bringing Mac Pro manufacturing to the U.S. (Austin, Texas, to be precise), and that some iPhone parts are made in this country. Regarding the Mac Pro manufacturing announcement in 2013, CEO Tim Cook said: “"The difference with us is that we're taking a bottoms-up approach. We don't want to just assemble the Mac Pro here, we want to make the whole thing here. This is a big deal." Apple's partners are using industrial molds and production processes that were developed in the United States, he added.

Also, Apple is apparently the single largest U.S. corporate tax payer. In testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple said it paid $1 out of every $40 of corporate income tax collected by the US Treasury. That info is from 2013, but if that remains true, the company is responsible for 2.5% of all U.S. corporate income tax collection.

In the testimony, Apple also estimated that it has created or supported approximately 600,000 jobs in the US, including nearly 50,000 jobs for Apple employees and approximately 550,000 jobs at other companies in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, logistics and software development. 

Approximately 290,000 of these American jobs are related to the new “App Economy” launched by Apple’s App Store. In less than five years, Apple has paid third-party app developers worldwide over $9 billion in connection with sales of their software to Apple customers. Again. keep in mind that the info is from 2013, so these figures may have changed somewhat.

Of course, Sanders isn’t the first Presidential candidate to underestimate Apple’s financial impact on this country. "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries," Donald Trump said in January at a speech at Liberty University in Virginia. Of course, he didn’t say how he was going to do that (actually, he can’t) or why Apple was singled out in his speech. 

Apple isn't going to shift all of its manufacturing to the United States. That's not going to happen any time soon, no matter who is elected president. as CNN Money points out. (By the way, the Trump-Apple graphic is courtesy of AntiMedia.)