Remarkable clip from tonight where Trump explains why only rich people should be in charge of economic policy.
“I don’t want a poor person” pic.twitter.com/HdWFg0aU1t
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 22, 2017
President Donald Trump held a rally in Cedar Rapids, IA, on June 21 to discuss his plans for agriculture innovation, but when the topic of his powerful and extremely rich cabinet members came up, he did not hold back. When Trump announced his controversial cabinet last year, it became obvious that they almost all have one thing in common: a whole lot of money. Trump decided to defend this during his Iowa appearance, but we doubt the way he went about it will silence anyone who’s been critical of his choices.
“Somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?'” he told the crowd. “I said, ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking we want.’ Because they’re representing the country, they don’t want the money. And they had to give up a lot to take these jobs.”
Trump went on to say that people like Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs president, “went from massive paydays to peanuts” to work for him.
“But these are people that are great, brilliant business minds and that’s what we need,” Trump explained. “We can’t have the world taking advantage of us anymore. I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person.”
I’m sorry, Mr. President, but global affairs are not just another business venture. What about all the working-class citizens you appealed to during your campaign and the promises you made about alleviating poverty? What about your focus on “draining the swamp”? Although the comments earned applause from the pro-Trump audience, they were plainly divisive and offensive, suggesting that in Trump’s worldview, America is made up of poor people and rich people — and that’s that.