Hickenlooper: Trump needs to have a 'real discussion' about capitalism

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE would rather have a “divisive fight” than discuss solving issues on Tuesday after Trump accused Hickenlooper of refusing “to acknowledge capitalism.”

“Americans are dealing with serious challenges around the affordability of healthcare, education and housing and an economy that hasn’t produced jobs that pay,” Hickenlooper, a presidential candidate, said in a statement to The Hill. “President Trump would rather have a divisive fight argument about labels than have a real discussion about how to solve these problems.” 


“Fomenting division is his way of distracting us from the fact that he is actually making things worse for Americans, by giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy and big corporations while proposing devastating cuts to Medicare, imposing tariffs that hurt farmers and consumers and hollowing out the Affordable Care Act.” Hickenlooper added. 

Trump said Hickenlooper was “ashamed” of the word capitalism in an interview published Monday by far-right website Breitbart.

“I watched a certain gentleman — I won’t mention his name, but he made a couple of bucks, he refuses to acknowledge capitalism,” Trump said. “You saw that over the weekend — Hickenlooper. He was ashamed of the word, and yet I’ve seen others maybe going in the other direction.”

Hickenlooper said on Sunday that he was “happy to say” he is a capitalist, but that labels like capitalist and socialist “do nothing but divide us.”

He previously declined to call himself a “proud capitalist” during an MSNBC interview on Friday. 

Hickenlooper is one of many people vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination. His opponents include self-avowed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), as well as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.). 

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