Many people have suggested that Donald Trump’s big appeal — the reason for the candidate’s polling success — is that he says what so many frustrated Americans feel. He cuts loose with politically incorrect, unpolished, unfiltered comments that sound as though they come from fed-up folks who feel they just aren’t heard by the political class.
Now, despite his incredible wealth that clearly puts him in a different economic class than the vast majority of people who ardently support him, Trump has said he does something that again sounds like what most Americans try to do. He says he fights “like hell to pay as little as possible” in taxes.
TheBlaze reports on The Donald’s Sunday phone interview on CBS News’ Face the Nation, in which the GOP front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination said he goes against the grain of many mainstream candidates in their politically correct practices.
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According to the post on TheBlaze, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he is ‘probably the first candidate in the history of politics’ to admit he fights hard to ‘pay as little’ in taxes as possible.”
Trump was apparently referring to the fact that many politicians seeking high elective office appear to show off how much they pay in taxes, especially federal taxes. Those ritualistic revelations seem to be a kind of badge of honor in their show of support for government by dutifully turning over vast sums of money to the federal treasury.
In typical Trump fashion, the billionaire businessman told Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson:
I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman. And that’s the way you’re supposed to do it… The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it.
The discussion came as a result of Dickerson’s asking Trump whether he would do what Hillary Clinton just did — release tax returns showing how much he sent Uncle Sam. Trump indicated he hadn’t yet decided whether he would engage in what has become something of a political must-do for presidential hopefuls. He also said he may tie his decision to the release of what congressional investigators have been demanding from Mrs. Clinton.
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“We’ll see what I’m going to do with tax returns. I have no major problem with it, but I may tie it to the release of Hillary’s emails,” TheBlaze quoted Trump as saying.
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