As you rush to get your returns together for 2017’s tax season, don’t forget: The President of the United States is in no rush to release his.
Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has amassed into one of the longest-running scandals of his political career — sparking Tax March protests in about 150 cities over the weekend and triggering Trump to fire off another bunch of baffled tweets about the uproar.
Trump, just like all of his citizens, will be filing his taxes this month, and yet there is still no indication the public will ever see them. He is the first major presidential candidate in more than 40 years to withhold them — and the first to make it to the White House without that disclosure.
But this didn’t used to be so taxing. Trump spent six years saying he’d have no problem releasing his returns, and even scolded a fellow Republican candidate for waiting too long to do so.
So let’s celebrate this year’s tax season with a look back at broken promises:
During his “birther” campaign of falsely claiming President Obama was not born in the United States, Trump offered a public deal: If Obama released his birth certificate, he’d release his tax returns.
“Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“I may tie my tax returns, I’d love to give my tax returns, I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.”
He also hinted he might release them “if I decide to run” for office.
With Mitt Romney running…
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