Presidential candidate Donald Trump may pretend that he is not worried about Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, but when Sanders called Trump out on his lack of support for raising the minimum wage, Trump jumped to redefine his stance in order to try to please more of the masses.
Trump’s initial stance that the minimum wage would need to stay the way it is came during an earlier debate.
“[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. “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.”
Senator Sanders, who is in favor of the $15 minimum wage, mentioned Trump’s stance during an interview on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, arguing that rather than addressing real solutions to the nation’s issues, Trump seeks to distract people with racial and religious hatred.
“Many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry, and 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,”
“What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger, taken those fears which are legitimate and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims, and in my view that is not the way we’re going to address the major problems facing our country.”
The very next day, Trump conveniently tweeted a string of characters bemoaning the state of employment and wages in the U.S.
.@BernieSanders-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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015
Wages in are country are too low, good jobs are too few, and people have lost faith in our leaders.We need smart and strong leadership now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2015
You might wanna sit down, Mr. Trump; you’ve got to be a bit dizzy from that frantic turn-around.