Donald “Genius” Trump just can’t cut a break this week. Even after determinedly losing the presidential debate which was almost certainly rigged, working hard until 3am to point out a former beauty queen’s sinful past to loyal Twitter followers, and avoiding income taxes for almost two decades like a boss, everyone is still refusing to talk about his big beautiful successes or why he should just be handed the presidency instead of having to go through the whole rigged voting process. But things are looking up: Mike Pence will win the VP debate this week hands down – after all, he’s learned from the best.
Trump’s rough week got rougher after the “bombshell” report which showed that he declared an almost billion dollar loss in 1995, potentially allowing him to legally not pay income taxes for the next two decades. Clinton gleefully pointed out that this proves that Trump is out of touch with everyday Americans. Trump indignantly pointed out that this proves he is an awesome businessman and that his vastly superior knowledge of tax loopholes will help him “fix” the tax system. This all comes after the Trump Foundation was accused of illegal activities (think: bribery, fraud and poor taste in art) and has renewed demands for Trump to release his top secret tax returns.
A majority of Americans believe that Trump should follow tradition and release his tax returns and lay this whole issue to rest, but holding off indefinitely makes much more sense from where Trump is standing, since unproven accusations can be brushed aside more easily than concrete evidence. Just how damaging this report will be remains to be seen, but with less than 40 days to go until the Big Vote, these kinds of revelations will keep the issue of Trump's wealth and business prowess – which are central to his campaign and brand image – at the forefront of the election.
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