•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Trump tax records show duplicity. That's devastating for his campaign.

17:16  28 september  2020
17:16  28 september  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump's tax records show he's carrying $421million in loans and debt

  Trump's tax records show he's carrying $421million in loans and debt In a Sunday report that Trump, main, dismissed as fake news', The New York Times said the president also paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017. Ivanka is inset.In a Sunday report, dismissed by the president as 'fake news,' The New York Times said most of that debt comes from the Doral golf resort in Florida - $125 million - and Trump's Washington hotel - $160 million. On top of that, a $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower in New York will come due in 2022.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told the tax man he was the country's biggest loser, according to Internal Revenue Service filings obtained by the New York Times, and that will make it harder for him to win re-election.

  Trump tax records show duplicity. That's devastating for his campaign. © Provided by NBC News

The vast majority of his base voters won't care whether he paid taxes or lied about being a successful businessman. His ability to pull one over on the public or the government — perhaps both — will be accepted by most of his supporters as evidence of his cunning, his acumen and his strategic brilliance.

Battleground voters not buying Trump's tough talk on China, new poll shows

  Battleground voters not buying Trump's tough talk on China, new poll shows Voters in 12 battleground states see pandemics as a bigger concern than China, a new survey shows.Terrorism — long top of mind in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — has faded as a predominant concern. It has been usurped by worry about global pandemics, according to a survey by Democratic pollster Geoff Garin of voters in 12 states most likely to determine control of the White House and the Senate.

But that base is simultaneously Trump's greatest strength and weakness on the electoral battlefield.

His inability to expand beyond his base and court the less strident is the main challenge to his re-election hopes. And the tax records make things worse. The documents reinforce narratives about Trump that fire up Democrats and give pause to Republican-leaning voters who might be persuaded either to cast ballots for Democratic nominee Joe Biden or simply stay home.

The tax payment numbers are empirical evidence of his long history of duplicity on his business record. They show that most of his ventures, save for branding himself as a big-swinging CEO, have been abject failures.

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden brace for vicious match-up in first presidential debate in Cleveland

  President Donald Trump and Joe Biden brace for vicious match-up in first presidential debate in Cleveland Analysts expect a bruising first presidential debate hinged on personal attacks as the Biden and Trump face off for the first time in Cleveland.President Trump dismisses a New York Times report alleging years of tax avoidance

That evidence comes on the heels of Trump's acknowledgment that he played down the threat of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 200,000 American lives and millions of jobs, and the possibility that he paid less than he owed in taxes gives lift to the charge that he doesn't understand the concept of sacrifice.

Now, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Trump must choose: tell the American public that his tax filings were bogus or admit that he isn't the heavy-hitting CEO he says is. His attempt so far — to write the report off as "fake news" — is unlikely to carry weight with the most critical voters.

That puts him on the defensive about whether he is honest and trustworthy. That isn't a fight Trump wants to wage.

Fewer Americans believe Trump is honest and trustworthy than Biden. And Trump finds himself battling over that ground yet again.

Fighting the pandemic required honesty to convince the public to make health and economic decisions based on the information from the government. Trump was most responsible for providing accurate information that allowed people to act in their own best interests and those of their families and friends.

Lives and livelihoods were lost when people misjudged the peril.

On Monday, NBC News' Monica Alba reported that Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a private phone call that Trump is misleading Americans about the status of coronavirus because he is being armed with misinformation by Dr. Scott Atlas, a new adviser on the pandemic.

1 in 3 parents say they won't vaccinate their kids against flu this year, poll finds

  1 in 3 parents say they won't vaccinate their kids against flu this year, poll finds The survey of nearly 2,000 parents of children ages 2-18 in August found many parents don’t see the flu vaccine as "more urgent or necessary."President Trump, Biden set to debate on a wide range of issues in Cleveland

"Everything he says is false," Redfield said of Atlas while talking on the phone on a commercial airliner, Alba reported.

It's hard enough to win over new voters for a candidate who is on offense; it's nearly impossible when that candidate is playing defense.

So while the tax records don't contain many surprises for those who have paid close attention to Trump's business dealings — and the distance between his boasts and the reality of his record as the head of the firms that make up "Trump Inc." — they do put Trump in a position he would like to have avoided.

The tax documents cover more than two decades, including some of his time as president, but they do not include his returns from 2018 and 2019. NBC News has not seen or verified any of the documents reported by The Times.

At a time when Trump should be able to use the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to focus the voting public on a topic he likes — his judicial appointments — he will be forced to address the particulars of his tax filings. They run counter to his own narrative that he is applying skills learned in the business world to promote prosperity for the American people.

In most years, he paid nothing in federal individual income taxes. In good financial years, he plunked down $750.

For the hardest-core members of his political base, that's evidence that he was winning.

For the voters he needs to push to mobilize and for those who he needs to swing his way, it is likely to raise more doubts about his integrity. That won't help him win the presidency.

Trump's tax returns: 5 key takeaways from experts

  Trump's tax returns: 5 key takeaways from experts USA TODAY reached out to tax attorneys and legal experts to get their reaction to the New York Times report on Trump's taxes. Here's what they said.Michigan voters want presidential candidates to stay true to their core messages


Video: Polling poorly, Trump runs against the election itself and supporters follow suit (MSNBC)

President Donald Trump and his staff have defied CDC coronavirus guidelines 23 times since Sept. 1 .
Since Sept. 1, Trump and other key White House officials have violated CDC coronavirus guidance at least 23 times, according to a USA TODAY analysis.President Donald Trump and members of his administration have often flouted guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to a review of news events by USA TODAY.

usr: 1
This is interesting!