- Oct 2014
Look, this is just grasping at straws. The democrats should finally just drop the irrational hatred and start planning on a winning agenda that will be better than what Trump is pushing towards.One tax statement shows nothing with regard to any overall picture of practices, it also showed how much in taxes he avoided paying by write offs as LOSSES, under a tax system he has claimed to be all wrong.
Trump and Trump supporters should know this better than anyone, considering how many years he harassed his predecessor with the "birther issue". First about the prima face form of Obama's proof of birth, then even AFTER publication of the long form. So please spare us the BS.
In addition, the video was not about being "back on taxes", but how Trump essentially lies about things like saying he would release his taxes. His MO of making promises to do something then saying the opposite, apparently thinking no one notices.
Everyone, INCLUDING Mitt Romney who was also criticized about releasing his taxes, can see Trump's MO.
For Trump, we do have the first two pages of his 2005 return, which were leaked and then released by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in March 2017. Those summary pages show Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes on $150 million of reported income. But the full return would show more information, including deductions and how the president’s businesses are structured for tax purposes.
The President's Tax Returns - FactCheck.org
If people have nothing to hide financially and they want to run for public office making public decisions that financially affect all, should release of tax filings, not be a part of demonstrating their transparency? No one is forcing them to run for public office. They don't have to be a lifetime of tax returns, but more recent ones and enough of them to show both something in proximity of time to when one is running. but also to avoid their picking one return that avoids showing what four others, might, with regard to a pattern.
This would apply to all candidates, regardless of political party (Bernie, that means you. too)
Presidential Tax Returns
It's failed for 2 years, will fail for 2 more years, and then you get 4 years of 'lame duck' Trump.