Did Trump really say that? Surely, he only said the minimum wage is too high. But here's a Politico article from last November — "Trump: I never said wages are too high" — which quotes him saying:
"Taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world."That was in the context of a debate about protesters demanding a $15 minimum wage. Asked if he was sympathetic, he said:
“I can’t be…and the reason I can’t be is because we are a country that is being beaten on every front... Taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”2 days after that, he simply denied saying wages were too high:
“I didn’t say that. Bret, we were talking about the minimum wage, and they said ‘should we increase the minimum wage?’ And I’m saying that if we’re going to compete with other countries we can’t do that because the wages would be too high.... I was referring to the minimum wage..."It's odd — it's Trumpian — to say straightforwardly what is an outright lie if it's taken straightforwardly: "I didn't say that." Clearly, he did. I understand that he meant that in context the words obviously never meant what they look like outside of their context. I guess we could bat around the linguistic issue of what it means to "say" something. But he gave his opponents the words to use against him, and Hillary did it again today.
By the way, does Hillary Clinton support the $15 minimum wage? "... Hillary wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour—and... supports city and state efforts to raise their own minimum wage even higher."