Trump Won’t Hire Poor People, Trump Tells Poor Supporters

Pundits frequently attribute Donald Trump’s presidential victory to his appeal to lower class voters, so it was kind of surprising of when he told a crowd of his supporters that he wouldn’t hire a poor person to join his administration.

At a rally in Iowa on Thursday (because campaigning is so much more fun for Trump than actually running the country,) he quipped, “I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person.”

See video here:

The comment is certainly a testament to the Trump’s ability to say whatever he wants to his base without losing any support. If Hillary Clinton had said something similar, I’d have to imagine Trump’s supporters would be quoting that as a reason to hate her until the days they died – and it would be a fair point to hold against her, too.

Would it really be so bad to have a poor person join Trump in the White House? Someone who understands what it means to live paycheck-to-paycheck rather than having servants do everything for you in your gilded penthouse?

Trump may have spoken the language of working class people during his campaign, yet months into his presidency, most of his decisions have been counterproductive to their interests. His budget proposal included cutting social services poor people rely on, his tax plan would be a boon for the richest Americans at the expense of the poor, and he supports a bill that would leave 24 million currently insured (and mostly poor) Americans without health care.

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to say that Trump hiring someone with a different economic background than himself could add a perspective to his team that he currently lacks.

The even bigger problem is not that Trump’s staff lacks a poor person, it’s that everyone is so filthy rich. After promising to “drain the swamp,” Trump reneged on that vow and assembled the richest cabinet in U.S. history – by far. You’d be pressed to even find someone considered middle class among Trump’s choices.

A lot of that has to do with the kind of success Trump values, which is strictly financial. (Heck, the man exaggerates his own net worth.) By considering just the dollar amount someone makes, it overlooks other aspects which could be important in a community leader — like character, ethics and contributions to one’s community.

At the same rally, Trump argued the public could trust having Wall Street CEOs in the White House (a contradiction from the ideas he campaigned on, mind you) because they took massive pay cuts for these government positions. He painted it as though they were doing community service for the country.

That seems like a fishy explanation when you consider that these are the same men whose decisions crashed the economy in 2008 – men who managed to escape with bailouts and bonuses while millions of Americans lost their savings and homes. They may know how to game the system to increase their personal wealth, but that shouldn’t give us any reason to trust them to make economic decisions that will benefit the entire country.

Furthermore, the idea that these rich men can’t profit from their powerful government positions is absurd. Look no further than how Trump himself has cashed in on being president. In addition to paying his own businesses with campaign funds, his financial disclosure forms reveal that his book royalties have rocketed and the hotel and vacation resort that he owns and visits have seen their profits jump significantly, too.

Every seemingly insignificant decision the Trump team makes can impact their respective bottom lines. Just the other day it was discovered that Trump had proposed to slash the budgets of every federal housing program except for the one that directly pays out to businesses his family owns. What a coincidence!

Before changing the subject at the rally, Trump did indicate he would be willing to hire a poor person at the encouragement of the crowd. “If you insist, I’ll do it,” he said.

Okay, then. In that case, we insist! Pretty much anything would be better than doubling down on big banker control of the government.

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133 comments

Marie W
Marie W10 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

Also David F: You're as big a liar as your Orange Jesus. Only 24% of registered voters voted for Trump. He seized power after colluding with the Russians to help them carry out a massive propaganda hacking of social media so that the uneducated class of Americans just fell right into the lies, along with gerrymandering, and the apathy of the rest of the voters who didn't go to the polls. In spite of that Hillary Clinton was ahead of Trump by 3 million popular votes, but the corrupt electoral system did not recognize Clinton's popular win.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

David F: If you support Trump then you support ISIS, Ted Bundy, Hitler. Trump is the same personality. He's a national security threat. You are as guilty as the criminals you slavishly follow behind. Don't try to overwhelm people with some fake idea of authority to justify that kind of aiding and abetting of terrorism.

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a year ago

I agree with David Youmans. Poor people, just to survive, have to be resourceful and very wise about their spending habits.

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a year ago

Jenny G. wrote that poor people vote. Not if the Republicans can help it, what with voter suppression and gerrymandering.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Gabout a year ago

Steven L. Jones wrote, “ … To really compete with the third world and bring back jobs to America, America must become the third world.” Steven might be correct. Perhaps his statement gives the reason for why the Republicans are trying to change the United States into a third world country.

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Herbert C
Herbert Cabout a year ago

Julie W
Yes, many 80-year-olds are perfectly capable, my mom is 89 and still, drives, lives on her own and manages her own affairs. I hope I do as well.

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Julie W
Julie Wabout a year ago

Herbert C, apology accepted, but I wasn't necessarily personally insulted -I took offense at the implications of your remark for all older people. Society is not kind to old folk, implying they are a burden and a nuisance and contribute nothing to society.
Your remark about 'drool bibs' just contributes to this. Apart from anything else, in most cases it's not true. The 80-year olds I know are active, mentally and physically, drive cars, volunteer, serve on committees and are generally engaged with life.
By all means criticize a politician for his/her behavior, but we all grow old and it is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

The local Care2 CLOWN states the following:

"The majority of people in the majority of states overwhelmingly voted for President Trump...."
--Yes, but a majority of people across the whole country did NOT vote for Trump.

"...exactly as our constitution requires."
-- You are correct. But that 18th century document also requires a black man to be counted as 0.4 of a white man. And so it is with the Electoral College.....an 18th century construct whose sole purpose was to perpetuate the institution of slavery in this country by putting the low-population southern states on equal footing with the more populous states. And so now the EC is the vehicle that put Trump in the presidency. And so it thereby continues to fulfill its original, degenerate promise.

David is an utter MORON. No one disputes that Trump is president by our election laws. Yet David continues to DEFLECT all other concerns back to that one single issue, apparently the only issue that he feels his disabled intellect is able to defend.

Intellectual COWARDICE and STUPIDITY: a deadly combination. Except in Texas, apparently.

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Darlene B
Darlene Buckinghamabout a year ago

Will someone please dismantle the American political system and start over again returning to the original principles of the Founding Fathers!?

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