“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” – John 3:20
I hate giving Donald J. Trump any oxygen but this releasing his tax return thing continues to fascinate me. I have never seen anyone fight so hard to keep something such a secret. Nixon was the first to release his tax returns, reluctantly, because the press had caught wind of some questionable deductions. Ford released a summary which included a decade’s worth of personal tax information. Carter, Reagan, Bush #1, Clinton, Bush #2, and Obama all released their federal tax returns, each year, without any fuss, muss, or excuses. And then there was T-Rump.
Just to remind you of what we have heard from the former guy since the idea of being President wormed its way into that vacant space between his ears.
2014- “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely. And I would love to do that.”
2015- “I would certainly show tax returns if it was necessary.”
2016- “I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck. Absolutely.”
2017- “I don’t mind releasing. I’m under a routine audit, and it will be released. As soon as the audit’s finished, it will be released.”
2018- “Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job.”
2019- “I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits. I am extremely under leveraged — I have very little debt compared to the value of assets.”
2020- “It’s a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”
The reality is no one fights this hard, for this long, and spends this much money (if he is paying them) on attorney’s fees if they weren’t hiding something. The reality is we all know he is and honestly at this point I could care less except, EXCEPT, if what he is hiding puts his wide, white, fat ass in prison or puts a bounty on his head from the Russian Mafia. If those scenarios played out, and I think both of them could, then I would be very interested.
What we do know, without seeing his taxes, is that he has been playing and living on the shady side his entire adult life. And because he is a psychopath without a conscience or moral compass he has the ability to live his life without a care in the world. At least that is what he projects.
The long and short about Donald J. Trump is he is a mentally ill, old dude whose time is running out. He won’t live forever, none of us will, but I would sure enjoy watching him suffer from the consequences of his actions today rather than just reading about it in the history books later.