Minimum Wage Supporters Have A Friend In Trump

By Connor D. Wolf

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump broke with party lines Wednesday, saying he isn’t opposed to raising the minimum wage.

Trump has marketed himself as an outsider candidate who isn’t afraid to disagree with party views. Republicans have been adamantly opposed to raising the minimum wage because of the unintended economic consequences it might cause. Trump said during a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer that he is open to raising the minimum wage so long as it doesn’t hurt competition.

“I’m actually looking at that because I am very different from most Republicans,” Trump said. “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 so they make money more than that, they make more money than the $15 minimum wage.”

Trump has not maintained a consistent view on whether the minimum wage should be raised. He said during a debate Nov. 10 that wages were too high. Trump clarified his position Nov. 12 during a Fox News interview that he believes the minimum wage should not be increased. He later tweeted Dec. 28 that he thought wages were too low.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also been inconsistent on the minimum wage. She originally said the federal minimum wage should not exceed $12 an hour. Clinton then said during the Democratic debate Apr. 14 that she meant the $12 mark to be a step towards eventually reaching $15 an hour.

Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, in contrast, introduced a bill in July designed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and has used the policy as a rallying point at many of his speeches.

Supporters of the minimum wage increase argue it could help lift people out of poverty. Those opposed have warned raising the minimum wage could actually hurt the very people it’s meant to help, by forcing employers to cutback on their workforce or raise prices to overcome the added cost of labor.

Trump, Clinton And Sanders did not respond to requests for comment by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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