Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lashed out at Americans who don’t pay their taxes because they’re robbing the United States of the means to repair its crumbling infrastructure.
“Our airports, they’re like third-world airports,” he said at at a rally in Altoona, Pa., this morning. “You go to Dubai, you go to China, and they have these sparkling new airports. They’re beautiful. Then you go to Newark and you’re like in a third-world country. But we can’t fix anything because no one pays their taxes. You have tax dodgers using the loopholes. We’ve got to run our country like a business. People need to pay their taxes because we have to pay for our military. We have to fix our airports. How can we do any of these things if we don’t have any money?”
Trump said people who hire teams of lawyers and accountants to dig up loopholes are not good Americans.”You’ve got these rich guys paying thousands of dollars to avoid paying taxes, so who ends up paying the taxes? The little guy. It’s the little guy who can’t afford these high-priced lawyers who pay all the taxes and they’re getting crushed.”
Trump is the first candidate for president in 40 years who hasn’t released his taxes, although he said he would release them if his opponent, Hillary Clinton, would release the 30,000 emails she deleted from a private server she used while she was secretary of state.
Critics say Trump hasn’t released his returns because he has avoided paying taxes for many years. That view was corroborated earlier this week when the New York Times, which was sent a portion of Trump’s 1995 taxes anonymously, reported that Trump likely has paid no taxes for the last 18 years by reporting a loss of almost $1 billion in 1995 on his casinos.
“Taxes are our country’s income,” Trump said at his Pennsylvania rally. “If you’ve got no income coming in, you’ve got to borrow to do the things you need to do. That’s why we’re so deeply in debt to the Chinese. These tax dodgers need to go to jail. They need to be rounded up and put in jail. They’re playing us for suckers. They’re playing hard-working Americans for suckers. I’m going to round up these cheaters who don’t pay their taxes and put them all in jail. I’m the only one who can do that.”
Hillary and Bill Clinton paid $44 million in taxes between 2007 and 2014, according to their tax returns. They earned about $140 million in that period.
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