Donald Trump’s position on the minimum wage is like something out of the late 1800s, early 1900s.
Donald Trump Flip-Flops About the Minimum Wage
Donald Trump’s position on the minimum wage is like something out of the late 1800s, early 1900s. He has the same mentality as the “robber barons” of that era. He seems to think that is okay for American workers to not only work harder, but are compensated less for their labor. If that isn’t the mentality of a “robber baron“, I don’t know what is.
Donald Trump criticizes Bernie Sanders about his position on the minimum wage you probably know Bernie Sanders has fought to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for a while. He even goes so far as to call Bernie Sanders a liar, after Sanders called him out on his preposterous statements, not only about how the minimum wage should not be raised, but how American workers are. In one of the now infamous Donald Trump tweets, which seems to be the way that he responds to his critics, he said about Bernie Sanders,
“[Bernie Sanders]–who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!” He had to have the gall to refuse Bernie Sanders of lying, even though he made the statement in a speech a few days earlier.
I like to In his usual fashion, when challenged by anyone, he always goes into “attack mode” and not give a thoughtful response. Donald Trump seems to think that attacking another candidate who either makes too much sense, or counters, one of his ridiculous positions, the proper way to handle it is to insult that person. In this case, he criticizes Bernie Sanders for not attacking Hillary Clinton, which is something that Bernie Sanders refuses to do. He is trying to keep this campaign a higher level and not to stoop to ad hominem attacks. Many people, including myself, greatly respect Bernie Sanders for taking this position and keeping made last week in a speech. Donald Trump said,
“[T]axes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave [the minimum wage] the way it is,” Trump said at the time. “People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we cannot do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.”
In other words, Donald Trump seems to think that the American workers already don’t work hard enough and should be paid a lower wage. How preposterous can this guy get? Studies have shown that people are working longer hours, and that wages have not grown in proportion to this increased amount of work.
In an interview on CBS Face the Nation, Senator Bernie Sanders counterattacked Donald Trump’s position, saying that, “This is a guy who does not want to raise minimum wage,” he said of Donald Trump. “In fact, he has said that wages in America are too high.”
Instead of making a civilized and educated response to Senator Sanders, Donald trump, it is usual fashion attacks Senator Sanders for not attacking Hillary Clinton. In his tweet, Donald Trump basically called Senator Sanders a liar. Apparently Donald Trump just runs his mouth, forgetting about the fact that whatever he says is being videotaped.
Who are we supposed to believe? The videotape of him actually making this statement where he says that the minimum wage should not be raised and that American workers are paid too much, or just his usual vitriol?
Shortly after the fourth Republican debate, Donald Trump flip-flops about his position by saying that he was only referring to the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 since 2009. Nice try Donald!
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton made the statement that the reason that Donald Trump’s campaign has been able to gain as much traction as it has is because American workers are angry. On CBS Face the Nation, Bernie Sanders said,
“Many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry. They’re angry because they’re working longer hours for lower wages. They’re angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries. They’re angry because they can’t afford to send their kids to college so they can’t retire with dignity,”
In a total flip-flop of his original position about the minimum wage, Donald Trump tweeted yet again, in a wave attempt to cover his ass,
“The middle-class has worked so hard, are not getting the kind of jobs that they have long dreamed of – and no effective raise in years. BAD,” Donald Trump also tweeted “Many of the great jobs that the people of our country want are long gone, shipped to other countries. We now are part-time, sad! I WILL FIX!”
Apparently, Donald Trump thinks that the American voter has amnesia. He seems to think they are not going to remember this complete reversal of his original position on the minimum wage. What’s even more appalling, Donald Trump doesn’t seem to realize that what he says this early in the campaign, he is just handing some good ammunition to whether a candidate the Democratic Party chooses. He apparently doesn’t know what the term “political blowback” even means; something that could very well bite him in the ass if Republican voters are it was stupid enough to choose him as their candidate.
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