Donald Trump was one of the many candidates who came out against increasing the minimum wage during the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Nov. 10.
Trump said that the problem with raising the minimum wage is that it would further increase taxes. He added that people simply need to work harder if they want to earn more money.
“Our taxes are too high, I came up with a tax plan that many, many people like very much, it’s going to be a tremendous plan,” he said during the debate, according to CNN.
“But taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world," he added. "I hate to say it, but we have to leave [the minimum wage] the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and they have to get into that upper stratum. But we cannot do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world, we just can’t do it.”
Trump wasn’t the only candidate to fight against the push for a $15 minimum wage -- both Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ben Carson said it would result in joblessness, CNN Money reported.
Obama has been pushing for a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour, but Congress hasn’t gotten on board.