Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet at a Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, challenging Republican presidential candidate and alleged “billionaire” Donald Trump to release his tax returns alongside him.
Buffett said he’d show up and release his returns “anytime, anywhere” between now and November 8th. The 85-year-old chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway is among the top 10 richest men in the world. He described his challenge as “an offer I hope he can’t refuse.”
The billionaire told Trump to put his money where his big mouth is:
I’ll bring my return, he’ll bring his return, we’re both under audit,” Buffett said. “You will learn a whole lot more about Donald Trump if he produces his income tax returns.
Buffett noted that Trump released an obscure financial statement instead of his returns, but Buffett declared that wasn’t good enough.
As someone who’s filled out financial statements and someone who’s filled out an income tax return, I can tell ya, they are two very different animals,” Buffett said.
In addition to his challenge, Buffett slapped down Trump’s silly rationale in which he suggested that “building a bunch of buildings” somehow compared to the sacrifice made by the families of fallen soldiers. Buffett was referencing Trump’s absurd response to the father of a fallen Muslim U.S. Soldier who declared that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one” during a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
No member of the Buffett family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan. No member of the Trump family has gone to Iraq or Afghanistan,” Buffett said. “Donald Trump and I have sacrificed nothing.
Buffett also challenged the crowd to get out and vote on election day and put some of his skin in the game by promising to take voters personally to the polls.
I reserved a trolley for November 8th. At 6:32, I’m going to be on it all day, I’m going to do selfies — whatever it takes,” Buffett said. “My goal is to have the turnout here be the highest percentage of potential voters of any district in the country.
Not to be outdone, Clinton upped the ante and promised that if voter turnout were high in Nebraska, she would be sure to return and thank her supporters personally after she wins.
I will — shortly after I become president, sometime as soon as I can arrange it — come back here and Warren and I will dance in the streets of Omaha together,” Clinton said.
The candidate added that Buffet would even wear his Elvis costume.
Your move, Mr. Trump.