Donald Trump has flip-flopped again with his recent total reversal of previous promises and now refuses to show his tax records. Trump’s rebellious stand has reinvigorated Mitt Romney and has given him the fighting spirit many wish he’d had a few years ago.
It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service. Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate’s representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest. Further, while not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief.
Mr. Trump says he is being audited. So? There is nothing that prevents releasing tax returns that are being audited. Further, he could release returns for the years immediately prior to the years under audit. 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.
(Anticipating inquiries regarding my own tax release history, I released my 2010 tax returns in January of 2012 and I release d my 2011 tax returns as soon as they were completed, in September of 2012.)
Romney sums it up pretty nicely in his tweet and makes it hard to argue its points, however, many Trump supporters will try. They will spout responses with no substance and negative remarks towards Romney. Trump will try to pull a fast one, once again.