‘Socialist Trump?’ Trump says ‘changes must be made soon’ to tackle income disparity in rare dig at 1-percenters
“I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon!” Trump wrote on Saturday, retweeting a Business Insider clip that cites a recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies, claiming that total US billionaire wealth grew by $637 between March and June, while 40 million Americans lost their jobs.
I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity. Changes must be made, and soon! https://t.co/YZx6gPDTMb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
The video takes aim at the successive US governments, including Trump’s own administration, for prioritizing major corporations over small and medium-sized enterprises in anti-crisis packages.
“The Small Business Administration made $349 billion available to small businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program. But like in 2008, $243 million of that was snapped up by large, publicly traded corporations, some of which were valued at over $100 million.”
The clip also appears to take a swipe directly at Trump’s 2017 tax reform, saying that in addition to government assistance and “own resources to profit from during economic upheavals,” billionaires enjoy “wealth-friendly tax laws and loopholes.”Also on rt.com Robin Hood in reverse: US billionaires paid lower tax rates than working class in 2018 in latest blow to capitalism
The video specifically mentions Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, as well as multi-billionaire casino magnate and Trump donor Sheldon Adelson among those who have seen their fortunes skyrocket during the pandemic, which has proved devastating to small businesses.
Trump’s tweet, which hardly aligns with traditional conservative talking points, prompted some to suggest that the Republican president has gone rogue, embracing a socialist agenda, more becoming to the likes of self-avowed ‘democratic socialist’ Bernie Sanders.
Bernie's people love him on this too. https://t.co/JaR5Guu0ty— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) August 2, 2020
“This guy is trying to make me vote for him,” journalist and self-described social liberal Tim Pool, who supported Bernie Sanders in 2016, tweeted.
This guy is trying to make me vote for him https://t.co/0WcLqZkDom— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 2, 2020
if trump comes out for a wealth tax or something i'm going insane https://t.co/WgPKLIaJ9L— Jolah (@jolahpoliticsYT) August 1, 2020
We stan socialist trump— Cam Kasky (@cameron_kasky) August 1, 2020
The clip cites several solutions to the income gap problem, including an “emergency 10 percent millionaire income surtax,” and a “wealth tax.”
American neoconservative political analyst Bill Kristol even suggested House Democrats come up with “some kind of emergency surtax bill” to test the waters.
House Democrats should pass some kind of emergency surtax on the super-rich next week just to see if Trump endorses it and actually pressures Senate Republicans to bring it up. https://t.co/j0NWwXP9iI— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 1, 2020
While many appeared to be taken aback by Trump’s tweet seemingly in support of a progressive agenda, it hardly came out of the blue. Although Trump has stayed away from this kind of rhetoric during his presidency, he proposed a one-time 14.25 percent tax on parts of households with net worth exceeding $10 million as far back as in 1999. The measure would have helped to wipe out the national debt, he claimed.
"By my calculations, 1% of Americans, who control 90% of the wealth in this country, would be affected by my plan," Trump said at the time.Also on rt.com Trump tax plan helps ultra wealthy, businesses more than middle class, hurts single parents
While on the campaign trail for the 2016 election, Trump promised that he would stick it to the rich, himself included. "It’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,” he said in September 2015, referring to his tax plan proposal that was supposed to close loopholes for the wealthy, lower overall rates, and free half of Americans from income tax.
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