There’s been speculation that Trump himself intentionally “leaked” the returns in order to silence some of the requests to see his past financial history. And of course, journalists everywhere jumped at the chance to comb through the documents and publicize every detail they could find. But here’s the reality: the president’s ability to lead our country remains the same, and his tax returns never mattered in the first place.
Though frequently debated, the logic here is clear: these tax returns are a superficial distraction and have no bearing on the president’s current abilities or actions.
- Tax returns contain private information. First, let’s remember that President Trump is a public official, but he’s still entitled to some degree of privacy for his personal life -- especially his past personal life, before he entered the political arena. Taxes may contain information regarding custodial rights and child support, information sensitive to business operations and transactions, and of course, personal income -- which shouldn’t have a bearing on a person’s political merit.
- Most returns in question are from the 80s. The recently leaked 2005 tax return doesn’t accomplish Democrats’ main goal -- trying to see tax returns from the 80s. More specifically, Democrats are seeking returns involved in a 1984 trial, where Trump was accused of committing fraud.