Trump Has No Idea Where He Stands On Raising The Minimum Wage

Flip-flop. Flip-flop.

Even though Donald Trump somehow became the presumptive Republican nominee, the wealthy businessman can't seem to figure out whether or not he thinks American workers deserve more pay.

Trump has flip-flopped on the issue of minimum wage several times, most recently on Wednesday, when he told CNN he was -- once again -- open to the idea of raising it.

Here's a quick history of Trump's ever-fluctuating stance on the issue:

Flip: During a Republican presidential debate in November, Trump said he would not raise the minimum wage and could not be sympathetic to protesters demanding it be raised to $15 per hour from $7.25, the current federal rate. 

"Taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world," he said at the time. "I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum."

Flop: In December, Trump hit back at Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for criticizing those comments. "Wages in are [sic] country are too low," he wrote on Twitter. However, he offered no solution to the problem or acknowledgement of his previous sentiment. 

Flip: In August, Trump returned to his original stance once more while appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He said the U.S. can't end up in a situation where its labor is so expensive that it can no longer compete with other countries. 

"I want to create jobs so that you don’t have to worry about the minimum wage. You’re doing a great job, and they're making much more than the minimum wage,” he told MSNBC. "But I think having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country."

Flop: And on Wednesday, a day after winning the Indiana primary and becoming the likely Republican nominee, Trump signaled he was wavering once more, perhaps in an effort to secure votes from Sanders supporters. 

When CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked him about the minimum wage issue, Trump said, “I’m actually looking at that because I am 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 get people great jobs so they make much more money than that, so they make much more money than the $15."

But while he said he was still "looking at" the issue, Trump also warned that raising the hourly rate would make it hard for the country to be competitive. 

From abortion and immigration to his choice of smartphone, Trump has become well-versed in the flip-flop. It's possible he took notes from comedian Dave Chappelle, who once joked that he's done commercials for Coca-Cola and Pepsi. "I just say what it takes. Whatever it takes, that's what I'm saying," Chappelle said. "All I know is Pepsi paid me most recently, so it tastes better."

In the case of Trump, he definitely seems to be doing whatever it takes, consistency be damned. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.



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