And once again, President Trump shows America just how good he is at keeping it classy…
After running a campaign based on “draining the swamp,” it was anything but subtle when Trump began to appoint a cabinet filled with billionaires, Wall Street big wigs, and Goldman-Sachs executives.
In yet another election-campaign-style rally this week in Iowa, Trump explained his reasoning for flooding the gates with the people much of America believes are responsible for the ever-growing gap between the wealthy and the poor – the very diminishing of the once-robust American middle class.
“So somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’ I said, ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking we want … because they’re representing the country. They don’t want the money. And I love all people — rich or poor — but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person.”
Wow. Ok, take a moment and just let that sink in. Only those with the most money and power are the people he wants running the nation. Because of course they have hearts for those who are less fortunate. Of course they want to bolster the middle class. Of course they are going to do things in the best interest of the rest of the nation. Yeah right.
Business Insider explains the utter hypocrisy with Trump’s actions versus Trump’s campaign promises:
But though he had long advocated letting successful business leaders try their hand at running the government, Trump during his presidential campaign often used a more negative tone when discussing Wall Street specifically.
“I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over” Ted Cruz, Trump saidin South Carolina while campaigning for the 2016 primary. “Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.”
“I know the people on Wall Street … I’m not going to let Wall Street get away with murder,” Trump also said at a 2016 campaign rally in Iowa. “Wall Street has caused tremendous problems for us.”
And as MSNBC’s Steve Benen points out, Trump’s philosophy is ignorant and bigoted:
It was an revealing peek into Trump-brand populism: rich people should be seen as smart, Wall Street insiders should be seen as capable, Goldman Sachs must be synonymous with expertise, and it’s best to be skeptical of poor people.