Colorado governor labels Trump ‘socialist’ over ‘corporate bailouts’ during coronavirus
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Friday slammed President Trump 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 Todd.
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.