This moron got his brains beat in during Thursday night’s debate, so in order to try and salvage him and prop him up (since the media wants him as the candidate), the unhinged orange-faced clown had repeated interviews on CNN afterward where he really got weird. As he was prodded to release his taxes, he made the weak claim he couldn’t because he was being audited, and now claims it’s because of his religion. Who even knows what religion he is?
Donald Trump suggested that the Internal Revenue Service may be auditing him because he is a “strong Christian.”In an interview with CNN immediately after Thursday’s debate, the presidential hopeful complained about repeated audits to his business and said his religion might have played a role.
“I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair. Maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I am doing this, but this is just recently,” Trump said, at the end referring to his presidential bid.When CNN’s Chris Cuomo questioned the comment about religion, the real estate tycoon said: “Maybe because of the fact that I am a strong Christian … you see what’s happened, you have many religious groups complaining about that.”
“I want to release my tax returns, but I can’t release it while I’m under an audit,” Trump said Thursday night at the CNN Republican debate. “We’re under a routine audit. I’ve had it for years, I get audited. And obviously if I’m getting audited, I’m not going to release a return.”
For long stretches, this was one of the best debates of the cycle; certainly the toughest, at times the nastiest, and sometimes the funniest and most fiery. Both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz sense that time is running out and they needed to start landing punches. They probably succeeded with Trump University.Of course, every time it got really good, CNN’s anchor Wolf Blitzer shifted to the human time-outs, John Kasich and Ben Carson. Neither man added much to the debate, other than Carson’s odd reference to fruit salad and Kasich’s strange suggestion that the president should be sorting out the encryption dispute between the FBI and Apple personally behind closed doors, and not having the dispute argued on the front pages of the newspapers.
But will it hurt him? Probably not by itself. But if tonight’s debate is the beginning of a sustained counterattack against Trump—by Cruz and Rubio themselves on the stump, by their campaigns on the air, and by reluctant donors who now see that there’s a blueprint for dismantling the orange menace—then it could mark the beginning of the end for Trump.
What’s the blueprint? Stylistically, Rubio showed that you don’t need to out-argue Trump. You can mock him. And over the course of the debate, Rubio and Cruz put into play a number of issues that are real problems for Trump:
* His fishy tax returns, which he falsely insists he can’t release because he’s being audited.
* His total lack of a plan for replacing Obamacare.
* The continuing charges of fraud (and lawsuit) concerning Trump university.
Why are these problems? Because the average voters doesn’t know about most of them. Because they go to the heart of Trump’s appeal. And because some of them—such as the tax returns and Trump University—are ongoing stories in which there are plenty of details still to be reported. The Cruz and Rubio campaigns ought to push these issues relentlessly at campaign stops, through surrogates, and in ads because their attacks will, in turn, force the media to finally confront (rather than enable) Trump.