In a startling about-face, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump thrilled conservatives when he told CNN Monday that he would not raise taxes on the highest tax brackets.
The comments seemed to contradict earlier remarks made over the weekend in which he seemed to indicate that after negotiation with the Democrats, taxes on the highest tax bracket would be raised.
Conservatives immediately revolted, arguing Trump’s plan would lead to poor job growth and disproportionately affect small businesses. On Monday, Trump walked his comments back.
“I may have to increase it on the wealthy — I’m not going to allow it to be increased on the middle class,” Trump told CNN (via Newsmax).
“Now, if I increase it on the wealthy, that means they’re still going to be paying less than they are paying now. I’m talking about increasing it from my (original) tax proposal.”
Trump said that even if it increases from his current plan, those in the highest tax bracket would still see an overall reduction in tax rates.
“I’m not talking about a tax increase. I’m talking about a tremendous tax decrease, OK?” Trump told Fox Business Network.
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In an interview aired Sunday, Trump’s remarks were strikingly different.
“By the time it gets negotiated, it’s going to be a different plan,” Trump told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos.
“On my plan they’re going down. But by the time it’s negotiated, they’ll go up,” he said. “Look, when I’m negotiating with the Democrats, I’m putting in a plan. I’m putting in my optimum plan. It’s going to be negotiated, George. It’s not going to stay there. They’re not going to say, ‘There’s your plan, let’s approve it.’ They’re going to say, ‘Let’s see what we can do.’”
It seems that Trump has listened to conservative voters, especially those with small businesses, and realized his tax plan simply wasn’t sustainable. Good.
We need more politicians like Donald Trump, who will admit when they’re wrong. This is why Trump is so popular among conservatives — not because he’s right all the time, but he knows when to admit he hasn’t been clear enough or he made a mistake.
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