Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party exactly what they wanted when he had his campaign manager announce that he won’t be releasing any tax returns.
While trying to beat back allegations that Trump is being controlled by the Russians, Kremlin ally and Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort told CBS This Morning, “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them. It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing processes, so that issue will be dealt with when the audits are done.”
Meanwhile, Trump is accusing Democrats of spreading a conspiracy theory. In an interview with CBS4 Miami, Trump said, “I can tell you I think if I came up with that they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a conspiracy theory, it’s ridiculous. I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world, but we’re not involved in Russia.”
If Trump wants people to be one hundred percent certain that he is not being backed by the Russians, he should release his tax returns. By refusing to show people his tax returns, he is playing into the hands of Hillary Clinton.
Clinton and the Democrats are now set up to hammer Donald Trump in the same way that they asked legitimate questions when Mitt Romney refused to release his tax returns in 2012.
Donald Trump has a secret that is so potentially devastating to his image that he would rather lose the election than destroy his “brand.” Based on decades-old tax returns that have surfaced, his secret is likely to be that he pays no income taxes.
By refusing to release his taxes, Trump has given Democrats what they wanted most. The political novice has fallen into his opponent’s trap, and his decision not to be honest with the American people may cost Republicans the White House.
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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