a reply to: ~Lucidity
If anyone cares, here's my $0.02 on the ideas put forward in the
linked to in the original post.
1. He has Russian ties.
Totally possible, but difficult to prove without access to business records that, as far as I know, he doesn't need to
2. He is being audited.
Again, possible, but we just have his word on this one. The IRS doesn't release information about whether or not
private citizens are being audited.
3. He did not pay any taxes.
He probably doesn't pay much. I thought this was an unfair argument against Romney back in 2012, and I think it
would be an unfair argument to use against Trump. I don't pay any more in taxes than I have to, and I don't know anyone who chooses to pay extra tax.
Trump is an individual who can afford to employ accountants to assure that he doesn't pay a penny more in tax than he absolutely has to. I'd be
shocked if he paid even ~15% of his income in taxes, but I'd also be surprised if his tax returns revealed anything illegal.
4. He has mob ties.
He probably does. He's been involved in developing real estate, running hotels, and operating casinos in New York and
Atlantic City for what, 35 years? Is anyone really going to argue that he hasn't, in that time, in those places, done business with a laundry company
or restaurant supplier or security contractor that happened to have mob ties? I'm sure he has had connections to mob-related contractors and suppliers
somewhere along the line - just like I'm sure almost every other hotel and casino in New York and Atlantic City has - but I don't know how that would
show up in his private tax returns.
5. He donates no — or very little — money to charity.
This seems quite likely. David Fahrenthold's reporting mentioned in the article is
probably just the tip of the iceberg.
6. He is not as rich as he says.
Also probably true. In May of this year, Fortune
estimated his fortune at $3.9 billion, slightly more than 1/3 of Trump's claim of $10 billion. Again, this is almost impossible to
prove without access to his tax returns and business documents. Which he doesn't have to provide. And which we're probably never going to get.