It took Donald Trump less than a day as the presumptive Republican nominee to reverse himself on a major economic-policy issue.
Don’t pretend to be surprised.
In an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump said he was “looking” at a possible increase in the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 an hour for nearly seven years. “I’m open to doing something with it because I don’t like that,” Trump said. This from a man who said during a November GOP debate that wages were “too high” and that he was “sorry to say it, but we have to leave [the federal floor] where it is.”
Was Trump’s flip-flop the start of a carefully-planned and much-anticipated pivot to the general election? Is he suddenly trying to appeal to Democrats now that he has dispatched each of the small-government conservative ideologues who ran in the Republican primary? Or did he simply forget what his position was on the minimum wage?
If you’re Hillary Clinton, it doesn’t really matter. Trump’s slipperiness on policy details has been a theme of his candidacy and, quite possibly, a core part of his appeal to voters. He’s a dealmaker, and as he has said repeatedly when pressed about his positions, “Everything is negotiable.” His reversal on the minimum wage wasn’t even his only flip-flop of the day, but it joins a long list of others; it took Politico a few thousand words to try to catalogue all of his contradictions.