Politics

Trump Just Revealed Some Serious Hypocrisy

May 4th 2016

By:
Tricia Tongco

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer released today, Donald Trump made a surprising admission implying that he would be “open” to raising the minimum wage, a move which he claims distinguishes him from other Republicans.

In response to an accusation that he condones the current minimum wage of $7.25, Trump said:

"I’m actually looking at that. I’m very different from most Republicans. You have to have something you can really live on, but what I’m looking to do is get people great jobs, so they make much more money than that, make money more than that $15."

This is quite a different stance than what the Republican presidential candidate said in a debate back in November 2015 regarding raising the minimum wage: 

"Taxes 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."

He went on to evangelize the “pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps” mentality:

"People have to go out, and they had to work really hard, and they have to get up into that upper stratum. We can't do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it. I would not raise the minimum wage."

On Twitter, Trump hinted at this flip-flop in December 2015 when he responded to Bernie Sanders’s accusations that Trump wouldn’t raise the minimum wage and that he believed wages were in fact too high. 

In the Democratic Party, Sanders has called for raising the minimum wage to $15 without qualification, while Hillary Clinton recently said that she would sign a $15 minimum wage bill put forth by Democrats if it had certain stipulations in it, reported The Huffington Post. For Clinton, the new minimum wage would have to be phased in gradually and the effects of the hike would have to be evaluated in areas with lower costs of living.

Watch the full interview between Trump and Blitzer below: