Donald J. Trump’s never given anyone reason to doubt his word before. I’d even go so far as to describe him as a man whose word is
Birther-in-Chief, 911-Truther-in-Chief, and Cruz’s-Daddy-Palled-Around-With-Oswald Conspiracy Theorist in-Chief Trump is 100% sure he can get away with fudging one of the two great inescapables: taxes. He refuses to release any of his tax returns, saying there’s nothing to be learned from them and it’s none of your business, so STFU. His followers are probably convinced by now that he’ll even look death in the eye and say, “you’re fired,” and knock that one on its ass too.
While it’s inarguable that the Trump Sheeple will overlook this, excuse it, and falsely analogize it with something akin to: “yea but what about Obama’s grades or Hillary’s Goldman Sachs transcripts?”… I’d like to throw this issue of hiding tax returns into the Slippery, Rancid Pot of Things Donald Trump Has Done/Said that will doom him for good, beyond redemption, can’t come back from, nail in the coffin, it’s over…
Without drilling down into stats and polls here, there’s no doubt Trump can only win by expanding a universe of supporters who simply find him less onerous, less unlikable, less dangerous, and less dishonest than Hillary Clinton, the probable/inevitable Democratic opponent. If he doesn’t cave on this and put out his tax returns, this will dog him nonstop to election day, and undercut his air of invincibility, strength, and being Mr. Tell It Like It Is. Again, this will not shake loose one current Trumpanista, but it will so severely limit his ability to expand his appeal that, short of the unknowable black swan event, he’s toast. Unless you think that Bill Clinton’s sex life will decide who the next president will be.
We now have 40 straight years of every major party candidate releasing their income tax forms. Delicious irony that Mitt Romney, (apparently, allegedly) not as rich as Trump, initially resisted putting out his returns. Think Progress puts it this way:
In January 2012, Trump told Greta Van Sustren that Romney “was hurt really very badly” by his initial refusal to release his tax returns. He advised Romney to “release them now.” Romney released his 2010 return and a summary of his 2011 return later that month. After Romney released his full 2011 tax return in September, Trump praised Romney for releasing his returns and said they were “very honorably done.” Although Trump now claims no one is interested in reviewing tax returns, he said he personally reviewed Romney’s, calling them “absolutely beautiful and perfect.”
He then advised Romney to offer to release more years of tax returns in exchange for Obama’s college transcripts and passport records.
Trump’s 100% false, pointless, deceptive, distracting, droning repetition that he just can’t put out his returns because he’s being audited goes into my Why Isn’t He Directly Confronted On This Lie to His Face By a Compliant, Enabling Media? I guess my question is answered by my question.
Right in the middle of the Watergate scandal unfolding, Richard Nixon….. that’s right, Richard Nixon… released his tax returns. His famous line, “I’m not a crook,” actually came in response to a question about his taxes. So, at this moment, Donald J. Trump is choosing to hide all of the things that a tax return would show the public. How much he gives to charity. How much he has donated to Democrats and liberal causes over the years. How low his tax rate is after crafty work by accountants. The reasons he’s being audited. The possibility that his income is actually very low compared to his obnoxious, ostentatious public lifestyle and whatever wealth he has is all tied up in illiquid real estate. The revelation that he never intended to nor could he actually fund his own campaign. It’s quite simple. If his tax returns boosted his claims of “I’m really rich,” and helped cement his support among people who think the Celebrity Apprentice guy is automatically a business and financial genius…. he’d have released them the day he announced he was a candidate. They don’t, so he didn’t. Crain’s New York Business begins this way: The presumptive GOP nominee said “there’s nothing to learn” from releasing them. Wrong!
The vote for president, in the end, is a very personal thing. We scoff at the “which candidate would you rather share a beer with?” question. There’s no choice this time. Not only is Trump lying about his taxes, he doesn’t drink alcohol.