Donald Trump Claims To Be A Blue Collar Worker
Over the three-day weekend at a campaign rally in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, billionaire Donald Trump announced to the crowd: “I’m proud that I’ve always treated the blue-collar worker — and I consider myself in a certain way to be a blue-collar worker — that make this country run with tremendous respect.”
I’m sure that, somewhere, Donald Trump owns a shirt with a blue collar. I couldn’t find one in any of his campaign photographs, where he always seems to be wearing a white collar, but I’ll acknowledge that if Trump’s personal assistants searched through his big closets in his many homes, they could find a shirt with a blue collar, neatly ironed and put away by a servant.
That doesn’t make Donald Trump a blue collar worker.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of blue collar: “Of, relating to, or constituting the class of wage earners whose duties call for the wearing of work clothes or protective clothing”.
Donald Trump began his career by working for his millionaire father, with “loans” of millions of dollars from his father, followed by an inheritance of over 200 million dollars.
Donald Trump has never needed to do any physical labor in his life. He’s always had the money to hire other people to do that for him – though he sometimes refuses to pay them for their work anyway.
Treating “the blue collar worker” with respect isn’t consistent with Donald Trump’s economic plan, which is centered around giving big new favors to economic elites such as himself while giving the majority of working Americans what amounts to breadcrumbs in comparison. Donald Trump has even said that he thinks workers are paid too much. He says that wages are “too high”.
Donald Trump may believe that he owns some blue collar workers, but that doesn’t mean that he is one.