Why was Trump endorsed by Icahn?
Sure, the two men are both savvy entrepreneurs who raked in sizable fortunes. But there's much more to it than that, according to Icahn...
Trump Endorsed by Icahn Because the Country Needs to "Wake Up"
Just a few hours after Donald Trump held a press conference detailing his tax reform plan, Icahn told Bloomberg Politics that, while he didn't agree with everything Trump had said, the country needs someone like Trump to "wake it up." When asked if this was an "unofficial" endorsement, Icahn said "yes."
Not 24 hours after Icahn endorsed Trump "unofficially," the famous investor released a short video on his website at 12:01 a.m. this morning (Tuesday) - his "official endorsement."
The video clip lamented the U.S. government's lack of tax and immigration reform over the past 30 years. He then commended Trump, stating, "You want a guy like [Donald Trump]. Somebody who's not beholden to the establishment... We need a president that can move Congress, and I think Donald Trump could do it."
Icahn had defended Trump's middle-class tax break proposal in the Bloomberg interview. "The middle class guy who's making $50,000 a year realizes, 'I'm being taken advantage of,'" Icahn explained. "He can read. He can understand. Ya know, in czarist Russia, they had to have a revolution. And then the czars would bring out the machine guns and mow them down. All these guys have to do is vote."
He also praised Trump for his stance on the "carried interest tax loophole" issue. This loophole essentially makes it easier for Wall Street bigwigs to avoid massive taxes on their earnings every year.
Trump told Bloomberg Politics on Aug. 26 that he thinks this loophole is "ridiculous." When asked if his reform meant taxing himself even more, Trump said, "Well yeah, sure."
Icahn fervidly agreed. In fact, he even went so far as to compare Trump to Teddy Roosevelt standing up to J.P. Morgan and its monopolization of the western railways.
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