The secret of why Trump won't release his taxes | With Chris Cillizza

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  • Published on:  Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • President Trump has constructed a narrative in which he clawed his way to the top by sheer will. The New York Times released a story that calls that narrative into question. Were Trump’s financial successes heavily funded by his father Fred? (Spoiler alert: Yes.)


    The New York Times story on Trump’s finances

    Trump’s response to that NYT story

    The creation myth of the billionaire businessman Donald Trump just imploded

    Donald Trump says his life has been a lot of ‘no’

    Back in 2014, Trump said he’d release his returns if he decided to run for president

    A long list of things Trump has said about his tax returns

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  • CNN


     3 months ago +529

    Hi! Chris here -- What do you think Trump's taxes would tell us? And would it be embarrassing? Disqualifying? Both? Neither?

  • GoNeck Yourself

    GoNeck Yourself

     an hour ago

    Holy fuck I have been saying this all along, you won't find any collusion with russia in this shit, you will find the 300 fucking burgers he paid for in his tax returns, filing it as a business dinner because those 500 bucks he spend, if he doesn't get them back, there will be no birthday present this year for Ivanka. The man is broke, real estate? Like really? You seen the prize he payed for Trump Tower? That shit is worth no more than 400 million now, and that is if you bargain with a handgun.

  • D Lessard

    D Lessard

     9 hours ago

    trump is our american NIGHTMARE!!!!

  • Mr Scratch

    Mr Scratch

     10 hours ago

    CNN has no credibility!
    Did BuzzFeed help these jackasses put this video together?

  • eddie wallace

    eddie wallace

     23 hours ago

    he bragging about how much money he got, then tell him to pay his taxes.

  • William J Callahan

    William J Callahan


    How much have you amassed idiot

  • xilo_111



    He’s a walking-talking nightmare is what he is.

  • Oo_Gov Skull_oO

    Oo_Gov Skull_oO


    What about Hilary's emails

  • Diana Mccall

    Diana Mccall


    Does Donald Trump owe the IRS money that's why he's hiding his tax return

  • Diana Mccall

    Diana Mccall


    People do care they want to see Donald Trump's tax return he supposed to show it to all the president show there's if he's not shown his tax returns what is he doing being president that need to be looked into

  • Diana Mccall

    Diana Mccall


    Trump is hiding his tax returns he don't want the world to see it it could be a reason why we have government shutdown he don't want the world to see his his tax returns he did say it so he's got to show it

  • david jones

    david jones


    this guy is an idiot

  • Kenney Cooper

    Kenney Cooper


    This is a person who thinks and feels he's above the law. Let the average American do the things he does. We'd be under the jail.

  • Uptin Sinclaire

    Uptin Sinclaire

     2 days ago

    The 100% reason he doesn't is that he is a CROOK and will be exposed.

  • This Is Florida

    This Is Florida

     2 days ago

    You cannot compare a regular person taxes to a rich scum bag who ripped off his daddies money taxes. My taxes are confidential and if anyone shall try to pry into my taxes, hell will be unleashed and they shall cease to exist. Trump, on the other hand, is the dumbest MF in the history of all Presidents... He makes President W. Bush look like a saint!

  • Thomas Norton

    Thomas Norton

     2 days ago

    That's an interesting statement you see we have the Freedom of Information Act we are allowed access to the archives all we have to do is ask and still people are too lazy to do that they will believe anything Trump says you see he's been in chapter 11 six times but that's not because he needed to be that's because he wanted to keep legally from paying the final payment on construction work so him and the bank could split the profits it's a scam that's all Trump is is smoke and mirrors I think if he saw fit to give over his tax returns it would either be bullshit or an expose on his lowlife encounter you see just last year they found after a year-long investigation him and his father hid 513 million away from taxes the Koch brothers gave him 999 million dollars for his campaign and they're going to expect something for that hence the climate change Summit that he pulled us out of because that doesn't agree with what the Koch brothers want and BP see if you investigate you will see he's the most corrupt piece of shit you'll ever find even in his personal life while his wife is giving birth he's paying a pornstar for sex this is the low life piece of shit that you elected president you should have ran him over the coals like Cavanaugh the reason why Cavanaugh didn't get held up is because compared the Trump everybody's a saint but the bottom line says that as citizens of his country were fucking stupid we could have been ignorant but we moved into the stupidity category because if you knew better you would do better

  • Mari Olsdatter

    Mari Olsdatter

     2 days ago

    @Lynda Mitton. No president or candidate is required to produce their tax returns for public perusal. Why don't you publish yours publically & show him how "harmless it is"?

  • Mari Olsdatter

    Mari Olsdatter

     2 days ago

    Trump's taxes are completely safe filed at the bottom of everything Obama sealed including the original birth certificate he's never produced.

  • C L

    C L

     3 days ago

    He so cheap he bought fast food hamburgers for the Clemson football team and actually made a big deal of it.

  • Carlos Teixeira

    Carlos Teixeira

     3 days ago

    Chris Cillizza, why are you bragging with this tax crap? who care?. Any law to forces it? Did you reveals yours? What is the good for the People? hummmm