If you google “Trump tenuous relationship with truth”, you get a ton of hits from all sorts of reputable publications over the last year or two. Click here to see what I mean.
This Washington Post piece lays out 317 falsehoods Trump has asserted and repeated, just since the inauguration.
Right. We get it. We’ve been over all this before. Tell us something we don’t already know.
Well, if you don’t already know that Trump’s tax returns show that he has business interests in Russia and China that should have disqualified him (and would have disqualified anyone else) from seeking the presidency, there ya go.
Do you remember all those times during the campaign that he said he would be happy to release his returns, that they’re “beautiful”, that he will release them as soon as his lawyers give him the green light, that we’ll “be very satisfied”, that he has “no objection”, etc. etc.? Here’s a refresher if you don’t.
Well, now that he’s fighting tooth and nail to prevent anyone from seeing them, you can understand that all those statements, all made looking right into the camera in apparent good faith, were lies. He had no intention of ever releasing his tax returns, and has no intention of ever divesting the holdings that are conflicts of interest. And, if you want to take that one logical step further, every intention of enriching himself using the power of the presidency.
A few days ago, the House Ways and Means committee voted 24-16 along party lines to reject the Democrats’ resolution to get the returns. Republicans argued that it was a “political effort” (duh!) that “raises privacy concerns that could set a bad precedent.” (huh?). All that is being asked is what everyone who has come before has voluntarily done. That’s the precedent.
Why wouldn’t Trump want to clear the air once and for all? It would be so easy. But we already know why – as stated above, he’s a liar. But why is congress behaving in this idiotic way? Why wouldn’t they want to get on the right side of this? Just another proof that party affiliation is now more important than patriotism. Or doing the right thing.
Now that the investigation of the House Intelligence Committee into Russian meddling in our election has stalled (thanks, Devin!), the Senate will give it a try. There is again talk of demanding the returns. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you want to get out there and lend your voice to the effort to get Trump to do what everyone else has always done, you can march on April 15 in Washington.