There’s one issue, aside from their shared view on the North Carolina anti-LGBT bathroom law, on which Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders can actually agree: $7.25 an hour is too damn low.
“I don't know how people make it on $7.25 an hour,” Trump told Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press. “Now, with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude.”
This is a stark contrast to Trump’s previous comments, in which he roundly dismissed the idea of raising the minimum wage.
“I’m saying that if we’re going to compete with other countries we can’t [raise the minimum wage] because the wages would be too high,” Trump told Fox News’ Brett Baier back in November.
Now, Trump says his campaign travels have changed his mind.
“I've been traveling the country for many months…” he said on Sunday. “I have seen what's going on. And I don't know how people make it on $7.25 an hour.”
A minimum of wage of $7.25 an hour adds up to barley over $15,000 per year. Many workers making the federal minimum wage rely on food stamps or support from family members to get by. Senator Bernie Sanders is largely credited with bringing the issue to the forefront this election cycle.
Still, Trump’s wage plan probably won’t win over any #BernieOrBust voters: While Sanders wants a federal $15 minimum wage, Trumps says it should be up to the states to set their own.
“The states compete with each other, not only other countries, but they compete with each other. So I like the idea of let the states decide,” he said Sunday. “But I think people should get more.”
I guess we'll take that.