Context: As President, Trump Elevates the Wall Street Elite He Criticized as a Candidate
Last year, throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump harnessed populist anger at the wealthy elite, and presented himself as an outsider who will stand up for working people.
At an August 2015 appearance on CBS, Trump said that “hedge funds guys are getting away with murder,” earning “a hell of a lot of money and not paying taxes.” He slammed the “global special interests rigging the system” against working class Americans.
Candidate Trump criticized excessive CEO compensation, saying “you see these guys [CEOs] making these enormous amounts of money and it’s a total and complete joke.”
Speaking about his tax plan, he claimed “no one will gain more from these policies than low and middle income Americans.”
He vowed to drain the “swamp” of political insiders and financial elite....