Donald Trump breaks with Republicans on raising taxes, minimum wage
Just days before Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meet to bridge differences and unify the Republican Party, the billionaire businessman again broke GOP economic orthodoxy and one of his most prominent and earliest supporters said she would work to oust Mr. Ryan from his post.In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,”Mr. Trump went beyond his disdain for free trade, long a linchpin of conservative thought. He also said he would be willing to raise taxes and that he favors increasing the minimum wage.
“We have to negotiate. The thing I’m going to do is make sure the middle class gets good tax breaks. For the wealthy, frankly, I think it’s going to go up. And it should go up,” he said in the interview, which was recorded Saturday and aired Sunday.
Also Sunday, former Alaska Gov. and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she would support Mr. Ryan’s primary opponent, businessman Paul Nehlen. She said the speaker’s political career is over because of his refusal to enthusiastically support Mr. Trump.
The news highlights deep divisions in the Republican Party, with many key GOP figures reluctant to throw their support behind Mr. Trump or, in some cases, vowing to never vote for him. Mrs. Palin last year became one of the first high-profile Republicans to endorse Mr. Trump.
She attacked Mr. Ryan just days after the Wisconsin Republican said he couldn’t yet endorse Mr. Trump. The two men are set to meet in Washington this week.
Mrs. Palin told CNN on Sunday that Mr. Ryan faces the same political tidal wave that doomed Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who lost his Virginia Republican primary race in 2014 to tea party favorite David Brat.
I don’t envy Rep. Ryan. I’m sure he will survive his primary but trying to deal with President Trump (if it comes to that) will be a nightmare.
Trump’s campaign with his constant attacks on “the Republican establishment” will probably destroy the GOP’s Senate majority, already hanging by a thread and maybe in the House as well.