Donald Trump: "I just don't want a poor person" in leadership positions

Talking to working-class voters in Iowa, he says he doesn't want any of them in his government

Published June 22, 2017 11:57AM (EDT)

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room (AP/Susan Walsh)
President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room (AP/Susan Walsh)

During his Wednesday rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Donald Trump revealed why his Cabinet is one of the richest ever assembled: Because he doesn't trust poor people as much.

During a brief interlude on his Cabinet members, Trump praised them, returning the favor for when he was the subject of their praise during the first Cabinet meeting earlier this month.

”These are people that are great, brilliant business minds," Trump said. "That's what we need. That's what we have to have. So the world doesn't take advantage. We can't have the world taking advantage of us anymore. I love all people. It rich or poor. But in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense? If you insist, I'll do it — but I like it better this way."

Since Trump's inauguration in January, he has appointed 17 mega rich cabinet members. At a combined wealth of about $6 billion, the combined Cabinet is worth about one-third of U.S. households.




The Trump rally in Iowa not only showcased a freudian slip of classism, but also showed off his trait of telling the public things that were patently false. According to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who has made it a habit of documenting Trump's falsehoods, the rally was big for his whoppers.

Trump's perpetual falsehoods to the American people has become the new norm in politics. According to PolitiFact, nearly 70 percent of his statements are "mostly false" or worse. Almost half of his statements are "false."



By Michael Glassman

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