In February, Donald Trump swore he would be releasing his tax returns “in the next two to three months.” But it’s now May–three months later–and yesterday he again reiterated that he would not be allowing us to see his tax returns, telling the Associated Press:
“There’s nothing to learn from them.”
In the past, Trump has tried to claim that he cannot release his tax information because he’s being audited by the IRS. But that’s just total and complete bullshit. The IRS says releasing tax returns is up to the taxpayer, and that the agency does not control such matters.
After Trump once again refused to provide the tax information yesterday, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney took to Facebook and wrote, in part:
“There is only one logical explanation for Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them. Given Mr. Trump’s equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it’s a bombshell of unusual size.”
It should also be noted that Trump is now in the running for Hypocrite of the Century, because in 2012 he chided Romney for taking to long to release his tax returns. Trump told Fox News in 2012:
“I think Mitt was hurt really very badly by this whole thing with the income tax returns. I believe he should have given them April 1, but I didn’t think going into a little bit of detail without going into a lot of detail was positive thing. He’ll come back. He has proven to be very resilient guy. He has been hurt a number of times by number of different things, he comes back. He really seems to be very tough and resilient. You have to hand it to him.”
Did you catch that? “I believe he should have given them April 1.” Hey, Donald, it’s now May 12, and yours are still being withheld. Talk about being a douche!
There are various theories on why Trump is afraid to let the public and press see his tax returns:
- They would disclose his ties to organized crime in New York and New Jersey
- They would show that he pays nearly nothing in taxes thanks to tax shelters and other accounting tricks
- They would reveal that Trump has made investments in countries and projects he is so fond of criticizing.
But it’s probably much more selfish than any of the above reasons. It has to do with Trump’s total worth, which he has claimed is as high as $10 billion. Journalist Tim O’Brien wrote a book on Trump in 2005, and after extensive research he concluded that Trump’s total value was only $150-250 million. As a result, Trump sued O’Brien for $5 billion. The suit was tossed out of court.
See, Donald Trump equates money with virility and manhood. If he says he’s a billionaire, it compensates for his other failings, especially any whispers that he cannot, let us say, perform very well in the bedroom. Remember how upset he got when Marco Rubio made fun of his tiny hands? That kind of thing hits Trump where he is most vulnerable: It shows that he’s not superhuman or unique. No, he’s just a jerk of a human being who cannot measure up in certain areas, so he tries to compensate in other ways.
This has nothing to do with taxes. But it has everything to do with Donald Trump’s own insecurity.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.