As you can see in the video below as Republican campaign surrogate Eric Trump melted down, doing everything he could to evade CNN reporter Dana Bash’s persistent questions about Donald Trump’s federal income tax payments. His father’s taxes in 1995 showed an epic $916,000,000 dollar loss suggesting that he skipped paying 18 years worth of income tax, and after gloating, “That makes me smart,” in the first debate, Donald Trump’s team sees the writing on the wall as the political consequences radiate through the 2016 campaign. All he could say was “tremendous” seven times in a row:
“Of course, I’ve seen my father’s tax returns. My father pays a tremendous amount of tax. As a company, we pay a tremendous amount of tax. It goes so far beyond federal income taxes. How about real estate taxes? How about employment taxes? How about sales taxes? How about every other type of tax that goes into that? We pay a tremendous amount of tax as a company.”
Then Eric Trump desperately attempted to to stick to the tried and true lies his father’s campaign has pushed since primary season about waiting for an audit to finish. Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine pointed out during tonight’s debate that Donald Trump promised in 2014 before starting his campaign that he would release his federal income taxes.
Nice try, Eric. Neither you nor your father are fooling anyone.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 5, 2016
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition