Fact Checkers Call Out Clinton’s ‘Mostly False’ Claim That Trump Paid No Taxes
Monday's presidential debate was filled with fact-checking. Despite serious reservations from Donald Trump's campaign, fact checking played a bigger role in the debate than it probably should have. Contrary to popular opinion, though, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made one of the biggest lies during the debate.
Clinton was talking about Trump's reluctance to bring forth his tax returns, something that he claims is being held up by the IRS because it is under an audit and investigation. Clinton followed up that point, though, with this statement.
"The only two Trump tax returns we have show that he hasn't paid a penny in taxes."
PolitiFact, a nonpartisan fact-checking group that works in association with the Tampa Bay Times newspaper, rated that statement as "Mostly False." Meaning that Clinton was lying.
PolitiFact continued, though, by saying that Trump's tax returns show that he definitely did and has paid taxes.
"Trump did not pay federal income taxes in two years--1978 and 1979--which is what Clinton was referencing. But the same records include information from three other years ... when Trump did pay federal income taxes."
Has Clinton been lambasted by the media for her blatant twisting of the facts to make it sound like Trump has never paid taxes? Of course not!
Trump is a businessman. That's a fact. He did what he could to evade laws and restrictions by claiming debt, just like thousands of other businessmen do in this country. While it may not seem fair, the only way that loopholes like will be fixed is by the election of a conservative.
It might seem counterintuitive, but a Republican who has spent his life dodging the tax collectors would do more for simplifying the tax code and making it even than any "socially motivated" Democrat.
Clinton should be called out for her lies. It's not presidential at all.
h/t: Weasel Zippers