In a telephone interview on CBS’ Face The Nation, Donald Trump blatantly admitted that he works very hard to keep his federal tax bill on the billions he makes as low as possible.
Trump was questioned about what his tax rate would be, after being told that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton released her tax returns showing she paid at an approximate 40% rate. Trump did a major sidestep, stating that he would tie release of his ‘financials’ to the release of Clinton’s e-mails from her tenure as Secretary of State. When pressed by the interviewer as to what his tax rate percentage would be, Trump stated,
I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman. And that’s the way you’re supposed to do it. The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it.
Amazing! Poor Donald Trump — all of his tax dollars being wasted by the very government he wants to join. He hates paying taxes the same as us! He hates government waste just like we do! But here’s the BIG freaking difference. Gazillionaire Trump has tax advisers, bankers, accountants, tax shelters, trusts, etc., to guarantee that his tax bill will be AS LOW AS POSSIBLE on the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS he makes every year. Mom & Pop America get their W-2s, hope and pray that they’ve had enough withheld, use their mortgage interest deduction (if they’re lucky enough to own a home), and cross their fingers that maybe — just maybe — they will get a refund.
Low and middle income taxpayers have been screaming for years about government waste and their tax dollars being misappropriated. We have railed against the system that allows the wealthiest 1% to pay a disproportionately lower share of the tax burden. Trump has the unmitigated gall to align himself with taxpayers scratching and clawing just to keep their heads above water? Nice try, Donnie. Typical Republican maneuver. Make the ‘little guy’ think that you ‘feel their pain.’ Empathize, get their vote, then laugh all the way to the White House!
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