Even as the “Summer of Trump” turns to fall, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to surprise. New polls show him not just leading among Republican rivals, but even beating leading Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. The same poll shows Trump even winning a huge share of the Democrats’ non-white base — 25 percent of African Americans, 31 percent of Hispanics and 41 percent of the relatively small Asian vote. This crossover appeal, particularly among non-whites, may come as a surprise to many.
And now, Trump’s crossover appeal is showing in other surprising ways, with two dyed-in-the-wool liberals proclaiming support for the GOP presidential frontrunner’s economic plan. Well, at least one particular part of it.
Perhaps when we drill into the specifics more, it’s NOT so surprising that both Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and The New York Times’ Paul Krugman have declared their support for Trump’s plan to increase taxes.
As CNN Money reports:
Warren, the Massachusetts senator and populist champion, said Tuesday that she supports Trump’s proposal to levy higher taxes on the rich.
“There are a lot of places where he gets out and talks about important things,” Warren said during an appearance on “The View.” “Donald Trump and I both agree that there ought to be more taxation of the billionaires, the people who are making their money on Wall Street.”
And just yesterday, in an op-ed, Paul Krugman, the liberal economist and New York Times columnist, proclaimed lDonald Trump is “right on economics.” As The Hill summarized:
Krugman wrote that Trump is correct to embrace a tax hike on the rich and speak out in favor of universal healthcare. He added that conservatives — who are now slamming Trump’s proposals — were wrong to warn about the ill economic impacts of those policies ahead of the 2012 election.
“The economy has nonetheless done far better than should have been possible if conservative orthodoxy had any truth to it,” Krugman wrote. “And now Mr. Trump is being accused of heresy for not accepting that failed orthodoxy?”
Trump said last month that he would be willing to raise taxes on high-income individuals, including hedge fund managers, if it meant giving tax breaks to the middle class and corporations inclined to move their headquarters overseas.
Krugman even knocks GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, noting Trump’s economic policies are more sound than those Bush and others have pushed, and he noted that Trump’s policies have resonated with Republican primary voters.
“And here’s what’s interesting: all indications are that Mr. Bush’s attacks on Mr. Trump are falling flat, because the Republican base doesn’t actually share the Republican establishment’s economic delusions,” he added.
So, the question is, will such endorsements from the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the Times’ Paul Krugman help or hurt Trump’s candidacy? You decide.