Trump Wages War With America’s Rich, ‘The Very Rich Are Going To End Up Paying More’


Donald Trump is flip-flopping back and forth faster than a ping-pong ball at a table tennis world champion tournament. He was for abortion, then he wasn’t. Some examples are in the video, below. At 2:14 he said criminalize women who have abortions, at 3:13 he said leave it up to the states. Eighty minutes later, he said nah, don’t punish women. But what Trump says about taxes for the rich and minimum wage is far crazier.

Earlier, Trump said he “would not” raise the minimum wage, because it is already “too high.” Then last week he decided that he was “looking at” raising it. By Sunday’s Stephanopoulos’ show ‘This Week,’ he said:

‘Sure it’s a change, I’m allowed to change. We need flexibility. I would like to see an increase of some magnitude…I don’t know how people make it on $7.25 an hour…[But] I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide.’

About taxing the rich, Trump released a detailed tax plan earlier in his campaign that gives the wealthy a huge tax break. But analysts say that would obliterate any tax breaks he would give the poor and middle class.

Then, in an April debate he said:

‘The very rich are going to end up probably paying more.’

Speaking with Stephanopoulos, Trump denied that would be the final outcome. He said the rich’s taxes will go up under President Trump:

‘They will go up a little bit. In my plan they’re going down, but by the time it’s negotiated, they’ll go up.’

But when Stephanopoulos showed him a very different plan on the billionaire’s own site, Trump said:

‘It’s not a change, George. It’s a negotiation. If I could get my plan approved the way it is now I’d be very happy. But it’s not going to happen… By the time it gets negotiated it’s going to be a different plan.’

Trump tried to explain that his tax plan is “just a concept:”

‘We’re putting in policy. We’re putting in a statement. It’s just a concept…In my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat.’

Then there were Trump’s ideas about lowering taxes on the middle class and businesses Sunday:

‘What I really want is lower on business, because business we’re the highest-taxed nation in the world, and lower on the middle class. The middle class in this country is getting decimated.’

A day later, Trump changed his opinion, again. In a CNN interview Monday morning, he said his position on taxes for the rich was “misrepresented,” with reports saying he wanted to raise taxes on the wealthy.

‘Everybody’s getting a tax cut, especially the middle class. I said I may have to increase it on the wealthy. If I increase it on the wealthy, that means they’re still going to be paying less than they’re paying now. I’m not talking about increasing from this point, I’m talking about increasing from my tax proposal.’

‘Everybody get a tax cut. I said we may have to increase taxes on wealthy, they are still going to be paying less what they are paying now.’

‘[The wealthy ] will be getting a reduction.’

Check out the full interview with Stephanopoulos in this video:

Featured Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr, Creative Commons License, with some modification.

H/T: ABC ‘This Week’ and Think Progress.