Trump’s Attempt to Delegitimize Tax Return Journalist Backfires Spectacularly

Donald Trump’s reaction to Rachel Maddow’s exposure of his 2005 tax returns last night included a diss aimed at the investigative journalist to whom the returns were mailed:

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns?”

He was quickly reminded on Twitter that plenty of heard of him. CNN’s Jake Tapper helpfully nudged Trump in the right direction:

John Fugelsang’s approach was more “in your face” in tone:

Jake Tapper and John Fugelsang are talking, of course, about David Cay Johnston, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Making of Donald Trump (2016). Johnston’s own riposte was brilliant:

This is typical of Trump, to first attempt to delegitimize the source of any information not congenial to his own interests. Such people and institutions become, in Trump’s lexicon, “losers” and “has-beens” and “failures” or “washed-up.”

Trump has tried this before, pretending to not know somebody he knows very well, for example, oh…Vladimir Putin comes to mind.

For Trump, it is a matter of lying fast enough to make it difficult for people to keep up and then ignoring all the reminders that he lied.

This is one lie Trump isn’t getting away with. Trump may or may not have leaked his own tax returns, but there is no doubt at all that he knows perfectly well who David Cay Johnston is.