One of the key issues for Bernie Sanders voters is the raising of the minimum wage. In fact, that’s one of the key issues of this presidential campaign, so of course, Trump was asked about it by Bill O’Reilly, and after the interview, one thing was very clear: Trump has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. He changed his mind on the issue three times during a 30 second (no, not minute) stretch.
O’Reilly deviated a bit from many Republicans by agreeing that there should be a federal minimum wage, and at first, Trump agreed:
“There doesn’t have to be,” suggesting that he believes there doesn’t have to be a federal minimum wage at all.
Source: Think Progress
Then, you could almost see the contradictory thoughts swirling around in the billionaire’s brain.
But with his very next breath Trump went on to say, “I would leave it and raise it somewhat. You need to help people, and I know it’s not very Republican to say.” That would indicate that he believes that the wage needs to be raised because wages are too low.
And yet when Bill O’Reilly asked specifically what Trump thought of a $10 federal minimum wage, Trump responded, “I would say ten. I would say ten… But the thing is we’ll let the states do it.”
It’s been seven years since Congress last raised the Federal minimum wage, but during that time, the majority of states have adopted a minimum wage that’s at least a bit higher than $7.25 an hour.
O’Reilly tried to get Trump to commit to an answer, and what he said next seems to indicate that he doesn’t know much about the separation of powers between states and the federal government.
O’Reilly himself tried to pin down Trump’s position on the minimum wage toward the end of their exchange, to no avail. “So we have you on the record as $10 minimum wage federally and states can do whatever they want?” he said. “No,” Trump replied. “You have me on the record as saying the states are going to raise it higher than that.”
Here’s the video:
Trump’s platform has nothing at all about the minimum wage. Republicans brush the issue off to the states. On the other hand, Democrats want a $15 federal minimum wage with automatic raises for inflation.
This is hardly the first time Trump has reversed his position on the minimum wage. He even once said that wages were too high.
“Taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world,” Trump said. “I hate to say it, but we have to leave [the minimum wage] the way it is.”
Source: Think Progress
Well, I’m sure we can say his fortune (whatever that might be, since he refuses to release his tax returns) is too high as well.
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