Reid: Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Would Show He’s a Spoiled Scam Artist

“Donald Trump thinks that paying taxes is a fool’s errand, people shouldn’t pay taxes. It was reported that at least five times in three decades Trump paid nothing in federal income taxes. When Secretary Clinton alluded to the fact in last night’s debate, Donald Trump’s response was: “That makes me smart.” So what does that make the rest of us? Suckers? Unintelligent? Dumb? He’s “smart” –  does that make us dumb because we pay our taxes?

“He knows that refusing to pay his taxes makes him, as we’ve come to learn, a scam artist. He’s good at that. Every day Trump refuses to release his tax returns is another is slap in the face to the American people.”

“His tax returns would show that he’s a spoiled, rich brat who inherited his daddy’s money and hasn’t done so well with it. With $14 million, he hasn’t done that well. That’s how much his dad gave him.”

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about Donald Trump’s continued refusal to release his tax returns. Below are his remarks:

Last night, the Republican nominee for president failed to give any assurance of any kind, or a coherent explanation as to why he refuses to release his tax returns. Well, that’s because there is no coherent reason. It’s a little hard to give one when there isn’t one.

He said he couldn’t release his tax information because of an Internal Revenue Service audit. Everyone debunks that. Everyone except Donald Trump. But even as Trump tried to say nothing about his tax returns, he revealed at least one shocking truth.

Donald Trump thinks that paying taxes is a fool’s errand, people shouldn’t pay taxes. It was reported that at least five times in three decades Trump paid nothing in federal income taxes. When Secretary Clinton alluded to the fact in last night’s debate, Donald Trump’s response was: “That makes me smart.” So what does that make the rest of us? Suckers? Unintelligent? Dumb? He’s “smart” –  does that make us dumb because we pay our taxes?

He knows that refusing to pay his taxes makes him, as we’ve come to learn, a scam artist. He’s good at that. Every day Trump refuses to release his tax returns is another is slap in the face to the American people.

People running for office for decades have released their income tax returns. So why won’t he release his? Why won’t he do this?

It’s because his tax returns would show he isn’t the rich guy he thinks he is. His tax returns would show that he’s a spoiled, rich brat who inherited his daddy’s money and hasn’t done so well with it. With $14 million, he hasn’t done that well. That’s how much his dad gave him.

Trump’s tax returns would show he isn’t as generous as he claims to be and that he uses charities as a personal slush fund. This morning there was news, he appeared on a TV show, they owed him money, they paid that into his charity so he can say I gave this away.

Trump’s tax returns would show that in spite of getting nearly $1 billion of assistance from New York City alone, Donald Trump is a failed business man who is buried under a mountain of debt. And they would show he refuses to pay his federal income taxes. So, I would hope that Donald Trump would release those tax returns. Hillary Clinton has released 40 years of hers and her husband’s.