Donald Trump is hiding something in his tax returns. Here are a few theories about what.
All we’ve heard from Donald Trump is excuses.
Every presidential election, you hear a lot about candidates releasing their tax returns. But all we’ve heard from Donald Trump over the years is excuses:
2011: “When Obama does his birth certificate.” (Check.)
2014: “If I decide to run for office.” (Yup.)
2016: “I can’t do it until the audit is finished.” (False.)
Now Trump says, “It’s none of your business.”
But he’s wrong about that: Now that he’s the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the American people deserve to know just who they’re voting for. That’s why every single Democratic and Republican presidential nominee has released his tax returns since 1976 (Hillary has released 33 years’ worth).
Releasing tax returns isn’t just political showmanship: Tax returns tell you important things about who a candidate is—and what kind of president they’ll be. And until Trump releases his returns, voters won’t know the answers to these questions:
Does Trump pay his fair share in taxes?
Does he abuse tax loopholes and overseas tax shelters?
Does he have unsavory connections that a president and Commander-in-Chief shouldn’t have?
How much income does Trump earn, and where exactly does it come from?
Does he donate his money to worthy causes?
As a businessman-turned-reality-star, Trump has never been held to the public scrutiny of elected office. And as Mitt Romney—the last person to hold the mantle of Republican presidential nominee—put it recently, “Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate’s representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest.”
Trump can answer these questions quickly and easily by releasing his returns—but he simply refuses to do so. So until he does, voters need to ask themselves: What is Trump hiding?