Le président américain Donald Trump a déclaré qu'il convenait que l'écart de revenu entre les milliardaires et le reste des Américains était devenu trop important, s'engageant à agir «bientôt» dans un tweet qui a laissé ses détracteurs perplexes.«Je suis en fait d'accord avec cela. Trop de disparité des revenus. Des changements doivent être apportés, et bientôt! » Trump a écrit samedi, retweetant un clip de Business Insider qui cite un rapport récent de l'Institute for Policy Studies, affirmant que la richesse totale des milliardaires américains a augmenté de 637 dollars entre mars et juin, tandis que 40 millions d'Américains ont perdu leur emploi.
The video targets successive US governments, including Trump’s own administration, for prioritizing large corporations over small and medium-sized businesses in anti-crisis packages.
“The Small Business Administration made $ 349 billion available to small businesses through the Paycheque Protection Program. But as in 2008, $ 243 million was clawed back by large publicly traded companies, some of which were valued at over $ 100 million. “
The clip also appears to take a direct look at Trump’s tax reform in 2017, claiming that in addition to government assistance and “Own resources that we can take advantage of during economic upheavals”, billionaires like “Tax laws favorable to wealth and loopholes”.
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The video specifically mentions Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, as well as multi-billion dollar casino mogul and Trump donor Sheldon Adelson among those who have. saw their fortunes skyrocket during the pandemic, which proved devastating for small businesses.
Trump’s tweet, which hardly fits traditional Conservative talking points, has prompted some to suggest that the Republican president has become a thug, embracing a socialist agenda, becoming more to the likes of self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders.
“This guy is trying to get me to vote for him,” Self-proclaimed journalist and social-liberal Tim Pool, who backed Bernie Sanders in 2016, tweeted.
The clip cites several solutions to the income gap problem, including a “Emergency surcharge of 10% on the income of millionaires”, and one “Wealth tax”.
US neoconservative political analyst Bill Kristol even suggested that House Democrats propose “A sort of emergency surcharge bill” to test the waters.
House Democrats are expected to pass some sort of emergency surtax on the super-rich next week just to see if Trump approves it and actually presses Senate Republicans to lift it. https://t.co/j0NWwXP9iI
– Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 1, 2020
While many appeared to be taken aback by Trump’s seemingly pro-progressive tweet, it barely came out of nowhere. Although Trump has stayed away from this kind of rhetoric during his presidency, he has proposed a one-time tax of 14.25% on those parts of households whose net worth exceeds $ 10 million as early as 1999. The measure would have helped to destroy the national. debt, he said.
“According to my calculations, 1% of Americans, who control 90% of the wealth of this country, would be affected by my plan”, Trump said at the time.
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In the 2016 election campaign, Trump promised to stick with the rich, himself included. “It’s going to cost me a fortune, which is true,” he said in September 2015, referring to his proposed tax plan that was supposed to close loopholes for the rich, lower overall rates and free half of Americans from income tax.
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