Former New York mayor turned wild-eyed Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani made the case to CNN’s Jake Tapper that his candidate was actually a “genius” for finding every possible way to avoid paying his fair share in taxes.
Tapper referenced a report from the New York Times which revealed that the billionaire possibly avoided paying federal income taxes for up to eighteen years. The report did also state that Trump would not have broken any laws in doing so.
Giuliani also claimed that Trump had an almost legal obligation to his employees and shareholders to weasel his way out of paying taxes. He even said that Trump could get sued if he didn’t “take advantage” of the tax code.
“The Times fails to point out that he has an obligation as the head of a business to take advantage of, and to use the lawful deductions,” the former New York City mayor said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“This is rather common in large, gigantic American businesses.”
Tapper remained skeptical asking if Trump was a genius for not paying taxes, does that make the rest of the tax-paying public stupid?
Giuliani quickly backtracked, stating that most Americans take full advantage of their tax deductions and billionaires like Trump have every right to do the same. He also used the discussion as an opportunity to excuse Trump for not releasing his tax returns and attack Hillary Clinton:
GIULIANI: “And I am saying, the way all of you are treating this is a very good indication of why someone might not want to release their tax returns. You take something perfectly legal, something he had no choice but to utilize and if he didn’t utilize it he would be in trouble, and you try to make into. He did no wrongdoing. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton has violated probably 30 federal statutes. He did nothing wrong. The headline should have been Donald Trump takes advantage of legal provisions in tax code. That’s the story.”
Tapper drilled Trump’s complaints regarding America’s infrastructure and terrible airports, while purposely not contributing a single dime toward fixing any of those problems.
TAPPER: Mr. Mayor, in 2012 Donald Trump tweeted that half of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling government debt. He is in that half that does not pay federal income taxes despite crippling government debt. When he rails against the junky infrastructure, when he rails against LaGuardia Airport , when he talks about how bridges are collapsing, is he not responsible at least in part for the fact that these things are not being repaired?
TAPPER: Not at all?
GIULIANI: No! Absolutely not. The law is responsible for it. If you have a set of laws, you live by those laws, and the reality is you are ignoring completely the fiduciary obligation that he has to the people around him to run his business at the lowest possible expense. Every businessman takes advantage it including Warren Buffett. And Warren Buffett thinks we should be paying ninety percent in taxes. So why doesn’t he voluntarily send in that extra forty percent? Let him voluntarily make out a check and send it in if that’s what. He does the same thing. he takes advantage of the law.
And there you have it in a nutshell. Republicans believe in riding on the back of tax-paying Americans while feeling absolutely no patriotic or moral obligation to contribute to a country that has given so much to them.
In the minds of people like Trump and Giuliani, they became successful all by themselves and are blind to the fact that countless Americans made it possible for them to be in the positions they are in.
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