Two different positions on taxing the rich just hours apart
Donald Trump says one thing in one interview, and then bemoans being misunderstood by the media, which he uses as an excuse to change positions.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 8, 2016
On Sunday, speaking with ABC’s “This Week,” Trump insisted that although analyses show that the detailed tax plan he released earlier in the campaign cycle would give the wealthy an enormous tax break, overwhelming the relief he would give to the poor and middle class, that that’s not what the final outcome will be. Instead, he insisted, the rich will pay more in taxes under President Trump.
“They will go up a little bit,” he said of the taxes paid by the wealthy. “In my plan they’re going down, but by the time it’s negotiated they’ll go up.”
…Yet the very next morning he had changed that stance. In an interview Monday morning with CNN, Trump insisted that his position had been “misrepresented” by reports saying he wants to increase taxes on the rich.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 9, 2016
“Everybody’s getting a tax cut, especially the middle class. I said I may have to increase it on the wealthy,” he said. “If I increase it on the wealthy, that means they’re still going to be paying less than they’re paying now. I’m not talking about increasing from this point, I’m talking about increasing from my tax proposal.” He concluded by saying the wealthy “will be getting a reduction.”
That statement doesn’t just contradict what he said the day before, but what he’s said of his own plan in the past. In a debate in April, he said that under his plan, “The very rich are going to end up probably paying more.”