At his one and only press conference as President-Elect, Donald Trump claimed that the American public doesn’t want to see his tax returns and again reiterated his standard talking point on this issue that he can’t release his returns while they’re under audit.
“I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit,” he said, which is a false statement since an audit does not prevent someone from releasing their taxes.
When a reporter mentioned that his returns have been “under audit since the 1970’s,” Trump responded with, “Gee, I’ve never heard that. I’ve never heard that.”
It was at this point that the President-Elect claimed that voters don’t care about his taxes: “You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, okay? They’re the only ones.”
And when that same reporter asked, “You don’t think the American public is concerned about it?” Trump dug in, saying, “No, I don’t think so. I won and became President. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all. I think you care.”
Repeating the same sentence over and over again doesn’t make it true, and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is contradicting Trump’s claim that voters don’t care.
The poll shows that 74% of Americans want Trump to release his tax returns.
When you break it down by political preference, 94% of Hillary Clinton supporters are siding with the public, half of Trump’s own supporters (49%) are in agreement with them, and 83% of voters who chose a different candidate also say Trump should release his returns.
That percentage of 74% has gone up considerably since the last time ABC News/Washington Post conducted this poll in September 2016 when 63% were in favor of the taxes being released. (It was 64% in May 2016.)
Do you think Trump will ever release his tax returns? Should presidential candidates be required to do so?
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