“HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling govt debt…”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has long been critical of the American tax code and, as he often does, the businessman has repeated taken to airing his grievances on Twitter. But a recent report from the New York Times that showed a $916 million income loss in 1995 could have kept Trump from having to pay federal income taxes for nearly two decades is calling renewed attention to Trump’s old tax tweets.
For example, in 2012, Trump was critical of half of Americans who he said do not pay income tax “despite crippling [government] debt.
HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling govt debt…http://t.co/gDAUj0Kt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2012
Later that year, he criticized a “Facebook billionaire” for giving up his U.S. citizenship in order to “save taxes.”
Facebook billionaire gives up his U.S. citizenship in order to save taxes. I guess 3.8 billion isn’t enough for (cont) http://t.co/xaPBfxlm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2012
Here are a few more.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
Mitt Romney,who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2016
Signing a recent tax return- isn’t this ridiculous? pic.twitter.com/UdwqF4iZIZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016
The Trump campaign threatened legal action against the Times, but did not deny the substance of the report. The candidate himself suggested in last week’s first presidential debate that avoiding a massive tax bill would make him “smart.”
By Maya Rhodan