Now that Rachel Maddow has revealed one of Donald Trump’s tax returns, maybe we should consider how unimportant they are.
The big story about Donald Trump’s tax returns is that no one cares about them. While Trump supporters like seeing MSNBC forced to promote the President, they never really cared about the tax returns. Donald Trump knew the issue didn’t matter to voters and acted accordingly.
Before I talk about how we know no one cares about Trump’s tax returns, let me reiterate that Rachel Maddow’s show was a victory for the President. As CNBC states,
For Trump, in the swirl of chaos thanks to the CBO saying the GOP health-care bill would lead to 24 million uninsured and the FBI preparing to weigh in on his accusation of President Barack Obama wire tapping him, this tax story is a welcome reprieve.
The 2005 tax return could have been an anomaly. Maybe Trump doesn’t pay this much in taxes normally. Or, maybe he usually pays more. Who knows! Either way, this story has created the appearance that Trump does in fact make a lot of money, and he pays millions in taxes.
For the next news cycle, we’re likely to see this story dominate, giving Trump some breathing room as the media had been laser focused on the GOP health-care bill’s flaws.
On Maddow’s show, Johnston suggested that Trump may have sent the tax returns to him. It seemed like an odd thing to say. But, when you look at how this is really good for Trump, maybe it’s not so crazy after all.
There is a lot to disagree with in the CNBC story, but it is obvious that they think the release of the 2005 tax return was a win for Trump.
We don’t know if the document was leaked by Donald Trump. But we ought to ask ourselves why he didn’t leak or release them sooner. Why didn’t he release them during the campaign? As Breitbart reminds us, Hillary Clinton made a big deal about Trump’s tax returns. During a debate, she said [emphasis added],
So you’ve gotta ask yourself, why won’t he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told, through investigative reporting that, he owes about $650 to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes. Because the only years that anybody has ever seen, were a couple of years where he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license. And they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.
This tax return pretty much nullifies this line of attack. So why didn’t Trump use it to shut her up?
It must be that he didn’t think the tax returns or any of the speculation about them mattered. Since he went on to win the election without revealing any of his returns, he was right. No one cares about the returns. That is media and DNC manufactured hype, nothing more.