President Trump’s tax returns, or lack thereof, were in the limelight at the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, as moderator Chris Wallace pushed him on a startling revelation from The New York Times this week that Donald Trump paid only $750 yearly in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.
Donald Trump unsurprisingly deflected while also asserting he’s paid millions in federal income taxes and admitted wanting to avoid doing so, stirring another uneasy exchange, well, one of many with Democratic presidential candidate and ex-Vice President Joe Biden.
After Chris Wallace asked the question again about Donald Trump’s taxes, the President disclosed that he doesn’t want to pay tax and said that before he was President, he was a private developer and that he was a private business person and like every other private person, unless they’re stupid, they go through the laws and that’s what it was.
Joe Biden said that he’s clever because he can take advantage of the tax code and that he does take advantage of the tax code and that’s why he was going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts and make sure that they invest in fact in the people who need the assistance because people out there need help.
Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden and asked repeatedly why he didn’t do that in the last 25 years? He then continued and said it was because he was the President, screwing things up, but the President kept talking over him, at which point Joe Biden said that he was the worst President America has ever had.
Even staunch right-wing commentator Bill O’Reilly, who regularly comes to Donald Trump’s defence, called out Trump’s deflection.
“Show us your tax returns,” Biden said twice as Donald Trump stumbled through his response to Wallace’s question.
Hours before the debate on Tuesday, Joe Biden posted his 2019 federal and state tax returns on his official campaign website, along with those of his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Joe Biden’s tax returns for years prior to 2019 were already publicly known, but Donald Trump has broken with decades of precedent and declined to release his tax returns despite saying he would do so.
This is the time that people should be united, making their voices heard, but instead, they would rather fight and tear each other down.
Donald Trump is good at avoiding everything, including paying his taxes, addressing white supremacy and well human decency, but I can see why people support such a despicable man, with his extramarital affairs, his treatment of asylum seekers, his greed and selfishness in regards to anything financial – I mean, I think I’ve got most of them covered.
I’m not even trying to put the man down, he does that all by himself.
He’s supposed to be the President of the United States, but there’s nothing presidential about him, with his lies and he never answers anything directly because he’s simply disrespectful to people.
He’s a bully, nothing more and he’s made the US the laughing stock of the rest of the world, but the people love him, perhaps we should rename him Jesus!
And Donald Trump has no understanding of the world that we live in. He talks down to people, lies and cheats on his taxes and he’s very good at manipulating everyone into believing he’s some sort of God.