Wednesday, September 28 is the 469th day of Republican candidate for president Donald Trump’s hiding of his tax returns from American voters.
What does he have to hide from voters? There are several possibilities.
- Trump may be trying to hide income from America’s enemies, or from other foreign sources that are a powerful conflict of interest with U.S. security; his campaign team is riddled with veterans of campaigns for or by Russia’s junta leader Vladimir Putin.
- Trump may be trying to hide fantastic claims of wealth, not borne out by reported income. He would hate to confess that his business dealings are not so successful as he shouts.
- Trump may want to hide that he gives little to no money to charity, nor to support any church. Trump has no ties to any church, though most of his supporters would disqualify anyone else who lacked such ties.
- Trump may want to hide that he uses charities to launder income, and to do political favors. Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold carefully documents daily revelations on Trump’s misuse and abuse of charities and tax laws to hide income and to purchase trinkets for his friends. The series started when Fahrenthold tried, unsuccessfully, to document Trump’s having donated to veterans’ charities a reported $6 million Trump had claimed to raise, at an event back in February.
It’s astounding Republicans did not check Trump out better during the primary season, an indication of the poor quality of the field of candidates fielded on the GOP side.
Tell Donald Trump to come clean, to confess, to stop hiding from the American people essential information we need to decide for whom to vote.
- NPR’s “Fresh Air” has a 37-minute interview with David Fahrenthold you may listen to, in which are detailed several violations of tax code and tax law dealing with charities, committed by Trump and his foundations; YOU SHOULD LISTEN
- MoveOn.org has a petition to get Trump to release his taxes; they want another 2,000 signatures fast
- “I saw Trump’s tax returns; you should, too,” Timothy L. O’Brien, Bloomberg News, May 12, 2016