If there is one aspect of Donald Trump’s campaign that is consistent, it is his knack for being astonishingly inconsistent. Letting the world know that he fabricates his policy from the seat of his pants, Trump just made two massive u-turns.
During an interview with NBC, Trump says he now supports a higher national minimum wage, and that he would raise taxes on the rich rather than lower them as he’s previously stated.
“I don’t know how you live on $7.25 an hour,” he said, adding that he would support “an increase of some magnitude” in minimum wage levels, even if he’d rather leave the decision to individual states.
In a seemingly deliberate move to shake up his supporters and test their loyalty, Trump gladly volunteered to up the ante on taxes by telling ABC’s This Week, “I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more.”
Trump’s call for higher taxes and increasing the minimum wage are in stark contrast to the rest of the Republican party.
Just last year, Trump released his tax proposal that included tax breaks for businesses and households which subsequently led to his surge in popularity. However, he’s now reneged on those promises — and he hasn’t even been elected yet.
When ABC pressed Trump on his contradictions in policy, he willfully admitted that his ideas are a mere “concept” and “by the time it gets negotiated, it’s going to be a different plan.”
The campaign of Trump’s long-time friend and recipient of so much of his money, Hillary Clinton, called the recent flip-flopping “pandering.”
“Don’t believe Donald Trump’s weak attempts at a general election ‘makeover’ for even a second,” Christina Reynolds, a Clinton campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement to Yahoo News. “Trump’s economic plans take direct aim at working Americans – his proposal to cut trillions in taxes for the top one percent would almost certainly come at the expense of working- and middle-class families.”
While Trump’s recent 180 will be spun by his supporters as him protecting the middle class, it is entirely obvious that he is whoremongering. Having already usurped a large section of the liberty movement, Trump’s recent shift in policy can only be seen as an attempt to bring in the bastardized Bernie supporters who will be looking for “anyone buy Hillary” in a few months.
As the presidential campaign continues, it’s becoming quite apparent that the American political system is in shambles. Not only were the presidential debates a circus that resembled a schoolyard quarrel more so than a discussion of government policy, but the entire election process has been exposed as rigged.
It matters not the puppet who is selected to live in the White House. The problem is the system that puppet represents that will lay waste to your rights, bleed you dry, and then demand you thank them for the ‘help.’
Until society sees outside of the system which relies on violence to solve its problems, this circus will continue. When the circus is not enough to appease the masses, we will see it accompanied by the proverbial ‘bread’ — followed by the collapse of the empire.