Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised a few conservative eyebrows this week when he told CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer that he was “looking at” raising the minimum wage, refusing to rule out a $15 figure in the exchange.
Trump’s statement flew in the face of the Republican Party’s traditional stand on the minimum wage, which is that raising the minimum wage will eliminate jobs at the bottom of the employment ladder.
Blitzer had begun by saying that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an ardent supporter of the “fight for 15,” had hit him hard over his apparent support for keeping the federal minimum wage where it was.
When Blitzer said, “You can’t live on $7.25 an hour,” Trump seemed to agree.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 4, 2016
“No, and I’m actually looking at that,” Trump said. “Because I’m very different from most Republicans. I mean, you have to have something that you can live on. But what I’m really looking to do is to get people great jobs so that they make much more money than that, so that they make much more than the $15.
“Now, if you start playing around too much with the lower level, the lower level number, you’re not going to be competitive.”
Blitzer then brought up that Hillary Clinton said the federal minimum wage should be $12 and asked him to give a number as to what he thought it should be.
“I’m looking at it,” Trump said. “I’m open to doing something with it because I don’t like that, but what I really do like is bring our jobs back so they’re making much more than the $15.”
Trump’s stance is unusual for a Republican — but then, he’s an unusual candidate. While I’m sure many will jump to conclusions based on what he told CNN, we should wait for more specifics before fully judging Trump’s plan.
H/T The Right Scoop
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