The former president of Goldman Sachs, that's who you want running things. Not poor people.
So said President Donald Trump Wednesday night during a campaign-style rally in Iowa.
And for a guy who campaigned on being a champion of regular folks, it was perhaps his most brazen admission to date regarding his opinion of low-income people, or those simply not wealthy.
"I love all people, rich or poor," President Trump said, but in positions like Commerce Secretary, now headed by billionaire Wilbur Ross, "I just don't want a poor person."
The Goldman Sachs reference was specific to Gary Cohn, who now leads Trump's economic council, but he has several Goldman alums in his cabinet and among his inner circle.
Watch Trump's remarks in context:
Remarkable clip from tonight where Trump explains why only rich people should be in charge of economic policy.
"I don't want a poor person" pic.twitter.com/HdWFg0aU1t
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— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 22, 2017
After the comment began to make the rounds, Judd Legum of ThinkProgress had a prediction: "I wouldn't be surprised if you see this clip quite a bit in 2018 and 2020."
Though not particularly shocked by what the president said, others on social media found it appalling just the same:
Trump's comments on poor people being hired in his administration is the single most tasteless and offensive comment ever made by a POTUS.
— Kienan Wear (@kienanwear) June 22, 2017
Trump in Iowa saying he loves poor people but only rich people are qualified to craft policies that give the wealthy bigger tax cuts.
— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) June 22, 2017
Trump doesn't want a "poor person" in charge of the economy.
I don't want a dumb fucking idiot in charge of America.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 22, 2017
Yeah, makes sense. A poor person might figure out how rigged the system is for billionaires. https://t.co/SOCg4BJnEA
— Ruth Malone (@MaloneRuth) June 22, 2017