“Show Me Yours And I’ll Show You Mine”…. As It Applies to Presidential Tax Returns. What Did You Think I Meant?

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 gold pyrite.

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 Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.57.14 AMthrow 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 Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 11.07.34 AMthat 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!

Here’s why Trump doesn’t want you to see his tax returns

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.

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Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” goes plural to accommodate Liar of the Century Donald Trump

Most of what Trump said this year was provably false, according to Politifact.  Much of what he said rose to vaunted “Pants on Fire” status, Screen shot 2015-12-21 at 5.16.31 PMreserved for only the most egregious lies.  If you own anything from the Trump Collection…. especially pants….. burn them now, you’ll feel better.

Lest anyone think Politifact is picking on poor Donald, particularly after Hillary Clinton falsely accused him of auditioning for and appearing in ISIS recruitment videos, check out the bipartisan nature of this award over the years, going back to the first one in 2009, Sarah Palin saying “Death Panels” were part of Obamacare.  2010’s award went to the Republican charge that Obamacare was “A government takeover of healthcare.” The next year the Democrats got tagged for charging that a Republican resolution amounted to “A Vote to End Medicare.”  It was not.  In 2012, Mitt Romney tried to win Ohio by claiming Chrysler was moving its production of Jeeps from there to China.  It wasn’t true.  2013 brought back Obamacare and nailed the President’s line, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Last year, 2014,  it was Lies About Ebola, including  Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far Screen shot 2015-12-21 at 5.31.32 PMdown on the dial. In considering our annual Lie of the Year, we found our only real contenders were Trump’s — his various statements also led our Readers’ Poll. But it was hard to single one out from the others. So we have rolled them into one big trophy.

The Examiner.com headline on this is: Donald Trump Wins First, Second, and Third Place for 2015 “Lie of the Year.” The guy is a one-man Murderers’ Row of BS. Even worse, he has people who either believe him and support him…or are not sure or don’t CARE if they believe him but like his ‘tude and still support him.  Did H.L. Mencken really say “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public?”  No…. it’s even better!  Here’s the actual quote.  Think of Trump and his entire public history while you read it: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”  Burn those pants.

UPDATE 12/22…. Trump has become so easy to predict…. Mediaite gets the quote from Fox News: Donald Trump Trashes ‘Totally Left-Wing’ PolitiFact For Awarding Him ‘Lie of the Year’