Editor’s Note: While this isn’t explicitly stated below, Trump has mentioned before an intention to all but wipe out the “Department of Environmental” (which is actually named the Environmental Protection Agency) if elected president. He clearly isn’t fond of paying taxes, and it seems he wants to engage in the counterproductive task of demolishing the critical government agency that keeps our water and air clean. He’s made similar statements regarding other important governmental departments as well. In light of that, check out the latest news regarding Donald Trump and potential Vice President candidate Elizabeth Warren, via Red, Green, and Blue:
Elizabeth Warren is piling on to Donald Trump’s latest Bad Week, launching a powerhouse video that asks just how and why it is that “Billionaire” Trump isn’t paying taxes.
The latest Warren video comes on the heels of the firing of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and a slough of press stores about how his campaign is flat broke, and even more stories looking at Trump’s SEC filings and asking “How is it that of the money that the Trump campaign has spent so far, $6 million went to Trump organizations and companies, including a SALARY to Donald himself that amounts to $500k per year?”
But Senator Professor Warren has an even juicier question. “If Trump is as rich as he claims he is, how comes he’s not paying taxes? Is Donald Trump a fraud? Or just a cheater?”
You can watch the full video here. And the full transcript follows:
I have to be honest: It’s hard to talk about Donald Trump. Between his ignorance, racism, sexism, lies, it’s hard to know where to start. But we’ve got to start somewhere and today I want to focus on one lie that helps sum up what Donald J. Trump is all about; his taxes.
You know, we don’t actually know what Donald Trump pays in taxes because he is the first presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax return.
(Video shows Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio saying there’s a ‘bombshell’ in his taxes.)
Maybe he’s just a lousy businessman who doesn’t want you to find out he’s worth a whole lot less than he claims. We really can’t know for sure. Here’s what we do know. The last time Donald Trump’s taxes were made public, it turned out Donald Trump paid nothing in federal taxes. Zero. Zero taxes before and for all we know, zero taxes today. And he’s proud of it.
A few weeks ago he said that he’s more than happy to dodge taxes, because he doesn’t want to throw his money down the drain. Yeah, Trump likes being a billionaire. But he doesn’t think the rules that apply to everyone else should apply to him.
But let’s be clear. Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own. His businesses relied on roads and bridges that the rest of us paid for. His businesses relied on workers that the rest of us paid to educate, and on the police force and brave fire fighters the rest of us pay to support. Donald Trump and his businesses are defended by a world-class military that defends us abroad, keeps us safe and the rest of us pay to support.
When anyone builds something terrific, they should be able to keep a big hunk of it, but they should also pay a fair share forward so the next kid and the next kid and the next kid to come along will get their chance to build something too.
That’s how we build a future that works for everyone. And that goes double for Donald Trump, because we know how he got rich. He inherited a fortune from his father, and kept it going by scamming people, declaring bankruptcy and skipping out on what he got.
Nurses, teachers, dock workers—they pay their fare share for the services that keep Trump’s business’s going. Programmers, and engineers and small business owners—they pay their fair share to support courageous first responders. Donald Trump thinks that supporting them is throwing money down the drain. I say we just throw Donald Trump down the drain.
Donald Trump is a fraud, a cheapskate and a bully.
And look. He’s probably going to come up with a bunch of lame new nicknames for me just for filming this video. You know why he does that? He does that to intimidate, to threaten, to make us shut up. But you and I know how to beat him. We don’t back down.
So here’s what we need to do. Whatever Donald Trump says, whatever scam he tries to pull, whatever disgusting thing he thinks he can say because he’s “Donald Trump,” speak out. Talk to the person behind you in the grocery store, talk to the person pumping gas next to you. And yeah, share this video with your friends. Ask your Fox News-loving uncle, “Why do you pay your taxes, but Donald Trump doesn’t?”
If Donald Trump doesn’t even believe in paying his fair share for government, we shouldn’t put him in charge of the government.
If we’re going to build a future that’s not just for the rich and powerful, but a future that’s for everybody, then it’s time for all of us to fight back.”
Is Donald Trump a fraud, a cheapskate, and a bully? What do you think?
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