The Democrats’ proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage is on the ropes, but an unlikely group could revive it: populist and nationalist Republicans loyal to former President Donald Trump.
Steve Cortes, a veteran of Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, has included it alongside conservative populist staples “border sovereignty” and “toughness in trade” as part of a three-pronged “American First economic nationalist agenda to lift wages.”
“Let’s embrace the $15-an-hour minimum wage,” Cortes said in a video circulated during the Conservative Political Action Conference. “It makes economic sense, and it has been unchanged in this country since 2009. It is long past time for an increase.”