Donald Trump has dicked the American people around for so long, that even reporters are beginning to call him out on it. One issue in particular that has the public concerned, and is Trump’s insistence on keeping his taxes hidden from the people.
Trump is the first American president in recent decades to fool the American people into voting him into office without allowing us to see who he is financially connected to. In a recent press conference, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked whether Trump would release his 2016 taxes, to which he answered that those taxes were already under a routine audit.
“I think it’s been covered before. It’s the same thing that was discussed on the campaign trail. The president is under audit. It’s a routine one and it continues. And I think the American public [knows] clearly where he stands. This is something that he made very clear during the election cycle.”
ABC reporter, Johnathan Karl heard enough!
“You’ve been asked about this obviously a thousand times. You always talk about you’re under audit, the president is under audit. Is it time to say once and for all, the president is never going to release his tax returns?”
“We’ll have to get back to you on that,” Spicer replied. A well practiced phrase indeed.
What are you hiding Donald? Why shouldn’t the American people know the truth about your finances? Must be some sick secrets you are trying to hide.
Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, released a new batch of their own income tax returns on Friday, ratcheting up the pressure on her opponent, Donald J. Trump.
The income taxes of Mrs. Clinton, along with her husband, former President, Bill Clinton, showed an adjusted gross income of $10.6 million for 2015, revealing how during the campaign the Clintons have reined in their moneymaking efforts after many years of lucrative speeches, book deals and business endeavors. Mr. Kaine, the Virginia senator, and his wife, Anne Holton, reported income of $313,441 for 2015.
But aside from their earnings, the latest showing by the Democratic candidates was intended to put a spotlight on Mr. Trump’s failure to release his returns.
The New York businessman has declined so far to release his income tax data, saying that will not do so while he is facing an audit from the Internal Revenue Service — a highly unusual move for a major party candidate. Mike Pence, the Indiana governor and Mr. Trump’s running mate, has not made public his tax data during the campaign.
Mrs. Clinton’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, said in a statement the release sets a “stark contrast” with Mr. Trump, whom she accused of “hiding behind fake excuses.”
“He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years,” she said. “What is he trying to hide?”
Donald Trump’s campaign said the Republican presidential candidate will not be showing his taxes – a first in decades of presidential candidates. The reason Trump gives for not releasing his tax returns is that he is supposedly “being audited by the IRS.” There are some who believe this reason and they will most likely be voting for Trump in November, but others say a look at Trump’s taxes will show some devious transactions, transactions a snake-oil salesman like Trump will not be able to explain.
Warren Buffett, a legitimate billionaire, does not believe Trump’s excuse. Buffett has challenged Trump to release his taxes. Buffett said he is willing to meet and publicly exchange taxes with Trump “any place, any time.”
At a rally in Omaha, Neb., for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Buffett knocked Trump’s argument that he can’t release his tax returns because he’s being audited by the IRS, saying he’s also under an audit.
“I’d be delighted to meet him any place, any time between now and election,” Buffett said. “And let people ask us questions about the items on there.”
Trump has received scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans for refusing to release his tax returns, something that candidates have historically done while running for president.
Clinton has released more than 30 years of her returns.
“How many of you afraid to make tax returns public?” Buffett asked. “You’re only afraid if you have something to be afraid about.”
“He’s not afraid because of … the IRS,” he added. “He’s afraid of you.”