PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s taxes, revealed at last by the New York Times on Sunday, are not a scandal.
Instead, they are an explosion of many scandals, like a huge fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Gigantic scandals, teeny scandals, medium-sized scandals — so many scandals that it’s hard to keep track of every individual act of malfeasance.
Let’s give it a shot, though. Here’s a list of the various appalling aspects of Trump’s taxes, and how they rate in comparison with each other.
The Horrifying Scandal Everyone Gets
According to the Times, Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. The total of $1,500 is enough to purchase a 1996 Ford Aerostar van with 70,000 miles.
In addition, says the Times, when all was said and done, Trump “paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years.”
There are two possibilities here. Maybe the various write-offs Trump used to slash his tax liability are all legitimate and represent real losses, and he’s made almost no money in the past decade and a half. In that case, he’s far poorer than he claims. Or his write-offs are largely bogus, and in fact he is a billionaire — even if his net worth is less than he constantly brags it is.