On Wednesday evening, President Trump had time to insult the poor twice in a single speech during an early campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump, who apparently fails to understand that most of his base consists in the poor and middle-class, disrespects the poor while ignoring the middle-class on a constant basis.
Trump Attacks the Poor
Trump’s first controversial comment was that immigrants should be taken off welfare unless they have at least five years of continuous living in the U.S. Ironically, there is a decades-old law that says just that. However, such comments from a man whose paternal granddad immigrated to America and made a small fortune here.
The second comment is even more insulting. Trump praised billionaire Wilbur Ross, his Secretary of Commerce, for the wonderful job he is doing at the U.S. Commerce Department.
After saying that his administration needs “great, brilliant business minds such as Ross” to run the country, he added that he doesn’t want “a poor person” in his Cabinet. Trump admitted that this was the reason why his Cabinet is adorned with billionaires.
And I love all people — rich or poor — but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense? If you insist, I’ll do it, but I like it better this way,
Trump told his supporters.
The Poor Sometimes Better at Economy than the Rich
The 45th president must have skipped that history lesson about the nation’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, who was born to poor parents and died broke. Hamilton’s wife came from a wealthy family, but since Hamilton was never given any of that money, he had to step down from his government position just to support his family.
Poor people and the middle-class are often more suited to handle the economy because they know first-hand how burdening a rent/mortgage and making ends meet can be every month. A billionaire will rarely understand that.
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