Colorado governor labels Trump 'socialist' over 'corporate bailouts' during coronavirus

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisMore than 1,000 gather at Colorado racetrack to protest governor's coronavirus orders Over 300 LGBT leaders endorse Biden for president : 'The most pro-equality ticket in US history' Colorado GOP lawmaker, Michelle Malkin sue governor over coronavirus orders MORE (D) on Friday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE as a "socialist," suggesting the president is more interested in offering "bailouts" to large corporations than small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

"I think that the government should not own the means of production. I'm not a socialist like Donald Trump. I think that's a very dangerous way to go," Polis told MSNBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddMurkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response MORE

Democrats have criticized the latest Republican economic relief proposal for dedicating billions of stimulus dollars to large corporations like airlines.


Trump said Thursday that he supports the idea of the government taking an equity stake in certain companies accepting federal aid but did not specify which companies.

"I think that rather than these corporate bailouts we should talk about helping people, Chuck," Polis said. "That means workers, that means small business owners, it means everybody."

"Frankly I like this idea of sending everybody $2,000, I like the idea of temporarily increasing the SNAP benefits, emergency loans to small businesses, especially those in food and hospitality that have been interrupted," he said. "I think those are the kind of measures, rather than using this as an excuse to implement socialist measures across corporate America."

Trump also said Thursday that workers are the priority for the stimulus but "sometimes for the worker to benefit, you have to go through the company because they have thousands of workers."

Colorado has reported nearly 300 coronavirus cases, including four deaths. Polis has ordered restaurants, bars and casinos in the state closed, as well as public schools and "nonessential personal services" like salons and spas in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He has warned Coloradans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, in keeping with federal health guidance.

On Friday, the governor urged local and statewide relief efforts and lifted restrictions on alcohol licensing for pick-up and delivery service at restaurants.