Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday that President Joe Biden’s goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would cost Black teenagers their jobs, leading him to wonder why Biden hates Black teenagers.
Speaking with conservative personality Sean Hannity Friday night, the Republican congressman repeated his claim that Biden's goal of increasing the national minimum wage to $15 would cause 4 million people to lose their jobs.
"And the people who lose their jobs first when you hike up the minimum wage are Black teenagers," Paul said. "So, you know, 'why does Joe Biden hate Black teenagers' should be the question. Why does Joe Biden want to destroy all these jobs?"
Paul's claim about job loss is a distortion of the Congressional Budget Office's median estimate, according to FactCheck.orgat the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul claimed during the interview that "even the government says that nearly 4 million people will lose their jobs" if the minimum wage is raised so high, but the Courier Journal noted this is a misleading statement.
The Republican’s “claim is a reference to the high end of the budget office's range of potential outcomes, according to FactCheck.org. The low end of the range was ‘about zero” jobs lost.’”
To support his claims, Paul's office sent the fact checking site a link to a July 2019 report from the budget office that did not say more than doubling the federal minimum wage would definitely result in about 4 million fewer people working.