This week’s story from the New York Times about Donald Trump’s finances is so incredibly devastating, in usual political times, the revelations would end his career. The newspaper’s exhaustive research found evidence of some “dubious tax schemes” along with “outright fraud” that Donald Trump exploited to get hundreds of millions in inheritance money from his father.
The explosive findings paint a picture where the president, far from being the self-made man he unconvincingly pretends to be, relied massively on illegal handouts. The story includes criminal fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, all of which the evil American president exploited to launch his rise to power.
Donald Trump’s response was strikingly weak. The White House Press Secretary and relentless liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who didn’t point to anything inaccurate in the article, called the revelations “boring.” Perhaps the most amazing reply to the New York Times’ incredibly reporting came from Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), quoted this way by a reporter from CNN yesterday.
“It’s obviously – I think it’s a testament to how crazy and complicated the tax code is in general.”
Rubio should be proud, since he repeatedly warned the American public two years ago that Trump is, like Rubio put it, a very dangerous “con man” as well as a “con artist.” New York Times, in amazing and undisputed detail, has proven the senator right.
But to hear Rubio tell it, Donald Trump’s outright fraud is not really his fault – we should just blame the complexities in the federal tax code for Trump’s massive and deliberate crimes.
Maybe, according to Republicans, we should conclude that Donald Trump and his criminal family set up a fake shell company, among many other things, by accident.
We also heard from Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), whom Trump recently nominated to be the next director for the United States Trade and Development Agency. Issa defended Trump by lying to Fox News the criminal Trump family “didn’t maximize the amount of tax they could have paid in inheritance tax.”
That sounds like a misleadingly generous way of saying Donald Trump violated tax law, and is a criminal.