So…Did Trump Actually Just Admit That He Doesn’t Pay Federal Income Tax?

4 months ago Alexander Posekian 0

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Trying to parse Donald J Trump’s language for meaning and intent is an exercise in futility. It’s one of his most unique and infuriating characteristics as a presidential candidate.

Like a drunk frat boy, he is impulsive, loud, and boorish. While we can usually analyze candidates’ statements to speculate about what policies they might actually enact or what truths they are manipulating, with Trump it’s difficult to tell whether his words are worth mulling over or if instead they just haphazardly tumbled out.  There is minimal substantive content to consider among all the spittle-fueled nonsense coming out of his mouth.

Take certain moments from tonight’s debate, for example. Was he really disavowing President Obama when he called him “your president?” Did he allude to the fact that his 10 year old son weighs 400 pounds and hacked the DNC? Findings are inconclusive, and will probably remain so.

But the most significant potential revelation of the evening came when Hillary Clinton gave him some bait that he just couldn’t resist. In the discussion (if you can reasonably call any part of what happened on that stage a “discussion”) about Trump withholding his tax information, he went on a tirade about how misused American tax dollars are.

He blamed Democrats, namely Clinton, for “squandering” tax money, saying that our bridges, roads, and airports are in in pitiful shape, tastelessly comparing them to what you’d see in “third world countries.” He said, “We don’t have the money [for new infrastructure].”

That’s when Hillary shot back with, “Maybe because you haven’t paid any federal income tax in a lot of years.” Without a moment’s hesitation, Trump said, “It would be squandered too, believe me.”

That “would” seems to carry a lot of weight. It implies that Clinton’s accusation was correct, that indeed he has not paid his taxes. With almost any other politician, we could say that it is a definitive admission of guilt. And without a doubt, plenty of media outlets are already making that claim and will continue to do so.

But with Trump, words mean nothing. We’re already used to filtering political language through layers of skepticism and checking it against what has been said before about similar issues. But we aren’t used to regarding a politician’s words the way we would when faced with some drunk, shouting buffoon with ranch and hot wing sauce smeared around his lips trying to win an argument by means of name-calling and brute volume. We aren’t used to politicians whose words don’t mean jack shit.

The question we as a country must now contend with is whether that kind of person merits serious consideration as a presidential candidate.

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