Demonstrators demand   Trump tax returns at a 2017 Tax Day protest.

Trump paid no taxes in 10 of the last 15 years? Not surprised.

“That makes me smart.”

That’s what then-candidate Donald Trump said during a presidential debate in which Hillary Clinton accused him of not paying taxes. Back then it was almost funny. It was Trump being Trump, because nobody, including Trump, believed he would actually win.

But now he’s the president, he’s responsible for running the government that’s fueled by our tax dollars. So when the New York Times said they got copies of Trump’s tax information, and found that this dude pays almost no taxes, I was pissed.

‘Cause here’s the thing. How you gon’ run the tax system when you ain’t paying taxes yourself?

That’s crazy, right? Well, check this out.

Not only did the Times find that in ten of the last 15 years, Trump paid no federal taxes at all. In the years when he did pay, he paid almost nothing. In 2016, when he was running for president, the Times found that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes. He paid $750 his first year in the White House, too.

So let me get this straight. While the rest of us were working so he could live in the White House on our tax dollars, Donald Trump was being freeloader in chief.

When he flies to his golf resorts on Air Force One, that’s your tax dollars. When he stands on the White House lawn and does a campaign speech, that’s your tax dollars. When he travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin and speaks with a fake business owner, that’s your tax dollars.

Even so, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten said “most, if not all, of the facts [in the Times story] appear to be inaccurate.”

There’s only one way to find out, though. Mr. President, release your tax returns, and while you’re at it, pay your taxes.  

Photo by Molly Adams: Tax Day demonstration in Los Angeles in 2017. Creative Commons license.

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