Trump Takes Populist Stance on Taxes

Jim Tankersley, in the Washington Post, observes that Trump’s views on taxes “will absolutely chill establishment conservatives.”

“Trump isn’t running as a supply-sider. He’s running as a populist. He’s not arguing for lower top marginal tax rates or a flat tax, like most of his Republican rivals. He doesn’t appear to want to eliminate investment taxes, as Rubio proposes. He wants rich people to pay more.”

Asked in an interview if he was proposing to raise taxes on himself, Trump replied: “That’s right. That’s right. I’m okay with it, ready, willing. And you’ve seen my statements. I mean I do very well. I don’t mind paying some tax. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. The middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys. But I know people in hedge funds, they pay almost nothing, and it’s ridiculous, okay?”

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