Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story which allegedly reveals Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return.
A major revelation was that due to a massive loss of nearly a billion euros, Trump may have avoided paying Federal Income tax for as many as 20 years.
This news has garnered a huge reaction online and in the US press. Hillary Clinton and her supporters have criticised Trump, while the property tycoon and his backers argue that this was a prudent business move that makes Trump a “genius”.
Donald Trump reacted by arguing that he, in fact, knows “tax laws better than” any other Presidential nominee.
Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter to compare Trump’s allegedly missing tax payments to the role immigrants play in US society:
NYTimes</a>, Trump may contribute less to our military and college students than the undocumented immigrants he wants to deport.</p>— Hillary Clinton (HillaryClinton) October 3, 2016
Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, supports Trump and said these unconfirmed reports would strengthen Trump’s campaign if true
Democrat Senate leader Harry Reid, on the other hand, took the opportunity to take a swipe at the Republican party as a whole as well as Trump:
Republicans have put party so far ahead of country, they've endorsed a racist failure who managed to lose a billion dollars in a boom year.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) October 2, 2016
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, who ran against Trump before joining his team, said the article was “very good” for Trump, and showed off his financial “genius”.
Clearly not everyone agreed with Christie’s analysis:
If Trump is such a “genius” for avoiding paying his taxes, why didn't he just release his tax returns so all the voters could appreciate it?— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) October 2, 2016
Republican former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, took the opportunity to criticise the Clinton’s record, instead of saying it was a positive story for Trump:
Clintons build $2 billion tax deductible foundation, fly planes paid tax free, worry about Trump's job creating businesses that pay taxes— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 2, 2016
But the public were less kind to Trump.
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes began trending on Twitter, mocking Trump with entries like this:
Third party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson apparently hadn’t seen the story, when he was asked his opinion on CNN. Mind you, this is the man who hadn’t heard of Aleppo and couldn’t name a foreign leader when asked by a journalist.
CNN anchor says she asked Gary Johnson what his reaction to NYT/Trump tax story was. His response? I haven't seen the story yet.— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) October 2, 2016