Trump is Boxed in On His Taxes

It’s doesn’t surprise me to learn that Donald Trump has completely reversed himself on the subject of presidential candidates releasing their tax returns since he commented on Mitt Romney’s reluctance to do so in 2012. I doubt he’s anywhere near as rich as he claims to be, and there’s probably a major political liability contained in them because of how little he pays in taxes compared to ordinary Americans.

The problem for Trump is that he’s damned if he does, but he’s still damned if he doesn’t.

The overwhelming majority of US voters think Donald Trump should release his tax returns, new polls show.

A Morning Consult poll released Tuesday found that 67% of voters thought presidential candidates should be required to release their tax returns. Just 21% did not think it should be a requirement.

On Sunday, an ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 64% of voters thought Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, should release his returns. In addition, 54% of respondents felt strongly that the Manhattan billionaire should do so. Just 31% were fine with Trump withholding the release of his tax returns.

On the whole, it’s probably better for him to take these hits than to release his taxes and have to explain all the lies he’s been telling. But the Democrats are going to hit him like a jackhammer on his failure to divulge from now to Election Day.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.