Trump was pushed and pushed on his tax returns until his angry response revealed the real reason why he won’t release his tax returns.
George Stephanopoulos pushed back on all of Trump’s claims that he can’t release his tax returns until he the audit of his returns is finished. The wheels started to fall off for Trump when he was asked when he released his tax returns when applying for a casino license, but won’t do so when running for president. Trump answered, “Well, at the time it didn’t make any difference to me. Now it does.”
Stephanopoulos said that every candidate since 1976 has released his tax returns, and pointed out that voters can learn a lot from tax returns.
The Good Morning America host finally got an answer when he said that Trump’s financials don’t show his tax rate. Stephanopoulos asked Trump what is your tax rate? He answered, “It’s none of your business. You’ll see it when I release, but I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible.”
In a burst of temper, Trump made it clear what he is hiding. Donald Trump isn’t paying his fair share of taxes. How little, if any tax the Trump actually pays could be a major campaign issue. The Republican nominee is trying to hide the information from voters because he knows that it will cost him votes in November.
Donald Trump lies every day, but the media is beginning to scratch the surface of what is most important. The presumptive Republican nominee is hiding information that voters need to know to make an informed evaluation of his candidacy for president.
The fact that the man who is going to be the Republican nominee feels that he is above any precedent on releasing tax returns should alarm voters. Trump is not going to be able to hide what is in his tax returns. The truth is bound to come out, and when it is revealed, it could wound his presidential campaign.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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