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

     (Oct 4, 2018)

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

  • Chuck-U Farly

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    +Zero Sum Show us your *verifiable evidence* from*credible sources* to back your claim or are you just to stupid to know what verifiable and credible mean?

  • Zero Sum

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    +James Schultz Stupid is what stupid does. Like fake news Communism propaganda machine.

  • FortCC

     (Oct 4, 2018)

    Trump properties are the conduits of Russian money laundering.

  • TheJlgraham

     (Jan 7, 2019)

    +kimberly s The retard voters who put the Moron in office

  • Richard Smart

     (Dec 28, 2018)

    +Brent Waits Go on then, cunt...

  • Phang Brown

     (Dec 29, 2018)

    Trump has always been a corrupt 1st class CROOK...……...He's now a Traitor too!

  • Philip Killen

     (4 days ago)

    Hey Phang Brown . Explain to me how trump is a traitor. I want you to tell us what he has done to make him a traitor since he has been in office. You're the one thats saying shit mister brown. Unless you tell us how he's a traitor. Im going to slam you and I will not stop. Also I want to know if you are a American citizen. Answer me Phang?

  • firestream93

     (Mar 16, 2019)

    +Philip Killen Yeah. At this point, they're just grasping for straws. All the liberal "news" sources told them that Trump had no chance of winning. Now, they have to try to make shit up.No one can tell me why they think he's a traitor, either. It's like it's just a pre-recorded response. It ranks somewhere between Nazi. Russian collusion. Or racist.

  • Don Post

     (Nov 25, 2018)

    The Liar-in-Chief doing what he does best...LYING!!

  • Susan Bishop

     (Feb 14, 2019)

    It's ridiculous, every time his lips are moving he's lying! It makes me sick to my stomach.

  • g0679

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    Don Post Bring me a small lyre!

  • Chicago Hypebeast

     (Nov 27, 2018)

    So the American Dream is to have wealthy parents and pretend like you overcame hardships so people can idolize you..

  • Snoglydox

     (Mar 8, 2019)

    Chicago, and thirty percent of voters fell for it.

  • Tyrade Shift

     (Feb 22, 2019)

    Pretty much! Then you use that false, fake fame to further defraud the American people, the government, and con people left in right, while selling out your country to its enemies! Every time we hear, " sure, I would love to do that!" You know that he doesn't, and he won't!!

  • N S

     (Nov 16, 2018)

    American citizens, including Trump, are expected to pay taxes and obey the law.

  • Lumby1

     (Feb 23, 2019)

    N S 'Average' American citizens, maybe, if they get caught breaking the law. Wealthy people kind of make the laws, and they can afford the best of lawyers, no? How do you think most of them got wealthy? Inheritance? Quasi-legal business schemes? And a few that made some world changing discoveries, by intention or chance. Or became 'heroes' to the admiring 'fans'.

  • g0679

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    N S Even the Kochs and the Waltons?

  • Breaking Newz

     (Oct 4, 2018)

    Because he's a cheat! His life is shaped around cheating. He learned it from his dad.

  • Alicia Delgado

     (Nov 19, 2018)


  • Everblue Freediving

     (Dec 30, 2018)

    He's not honest, he's a lifelong criminal. His tax record will reveal scams and money laundering to avoid paying taxes....

  • Philip Killen

     (4 days ago)

    What is it that you want him to do different for the country. If he does something good that why do you care about what he does.

  • Philip Killen

     (4 days ago)

    Hey Johnny I don't believe anything until they put him in Jail. I voted for trump. I don't give a shit about what they say. I only look at what he's doing for the country. And I like it.

  • leah Renee

     (Dec 30, 2018)

    Trump paid a magazine editor to add him the the richest men in America edition, at the time he was only worth 5 million dollars! And that was daddy's money😂

  • Philip Killen

     (Mar 5, 2019)

    Did the magazine editor make money? Whats the problem. Nobody forced you to believe the story.

  • Cyclingmasterseller

     (Feb 23, 2019)

    Where's your big money you jealous bastard? I can see who you want to be, a welfare-wanna be. Call up Berney, I'm sure he'll have all the FREE you want. Sire, you're out of your mind.

  • johnny Macon

     (Dec 21, 2018)

    You really can't believe anything Kellyann( the) Conway says remember she is a master of alternative ( Lies ) facts in her interviews !!!😁💯

  • Philip Killen

     (4 days ago)

    You're a Fucking total asshole. I voted for trump. You're the reason that black people don't want to vote for republicans. Trump cares for the black voter. Im white. I voted for Obama. All he did was cared about the muslim brotherhood. A lot of my friends are black Christians that came to my brother in laws funeral. He was white they were black. Do you get what Im saying. Im not religious but I would put you in a hut with some north koreans. You wouldn't die but you would work the rest of you life and ...

  • Elena Timofte

     (Feb 22, 2019)