President-elect Donald Trump recently claimed that the American people do not "care at all" about whether he releases his tax returns. Like virtually every issue, Trump was wildly wrong about this: A recent poll has found that nearly three-quarters of respondents, including 49 percent of his own supporters, want him to release his tax returns.
At his first post-election press conference, Donald Trump was asked by a reporter whether he would at long last release his tax returns. He responded: "You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, okay?" She pressed him: "You don’t think that the American public is concerned about that?" To which he replied: "No, I don’t think so. I won! I mean, I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all."
In news that will certainly surprise no one who has paid the slightest bit of attention to Trump's record of accuracy (or lack thereof), his assertion was factually incorrect.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll has found that seventy-four percent of respondents said he should release his tax returns, including 49 percent of his own supporters.
Views on tax returns shift decidedly away from Trump’s position. Seventy-four present overall say he should release his tax returns; that includes 49 percent of his own supporters, as well as nearly all of Clinton’s (94 percent) and 83 percent of those who had another preference, or none.
The only person who seems to believe that the entirety of the American public does not care about his tax returns is Donald Trump.
A majority of the American public does not agree that his victory inoculates him from accountability. And his contention to the contrary is that of a despot, not the leader of a democratic nation.