There is no doubt that Donald Trump is running an unconventional campaign and loving it.
He has the largest support among any Republican leaders in a primary election.
First, he knocked out all 16 rival Republican candidates to become the presumptive nominee to represent the Republican Party in the general election in November 2016.
An onslaught of negative criticisms by his opponents and media pundits have been thrown at Trump from left, right, and center, but they have all failed to put a dent on his March in the primary election.
Now, if the Democratic Party leadership or Hillary Clinton thinks they can run a conventional campaign to defeat Trump, then they better think again.
When the billionaire was recently asked why he was prepared in the past to release his tax information to Pennsylvania and New Jersey officials when seeking casino licenses even though he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), his terse response was “At the time it didn’t make any difference to me. Now it does.”
When pressed further on the matter, Trump said, “It’s none of your business.”
“Before 1976, people didn’t do it,” he added. “It used to be a secret thing.”
Trump has been emboldened by his wins in the primaries to the extent that he has now projected himself as invincible or unbeatable by the likes of a Hillary Clinton.
In fact, Trump has shown that he doesn’t care who supports him so as long as he has the support of the masses.
Trump is definitely on a roll, and the question now being asked, will the Democrats get a shellacking in November, thus allowing the Republican a strong hold on the House of Representative, Senate, and the White House.
Clinton has already begun to call on Trump to release his returns as she has, but he has ignored her call thus far.
Last August, the former U.S. Secretary of State posted the past eight years of tax returns for her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on her website. Sanders released his 2014 return in April.
However, according to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, the Donald has rewritten the playbook and what concerns analysts and political commentators is neither the interest of voters nor Trump.
The truth is presidential candidates have a long history in the modern era of releasing their tax returns.
“In 1976, Gerald Ford did not release his returns, but he did release some information about his taxes,” reportedly said Joseph Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that provides tax news and analysis.
“That was the last time that a major party nominee hasn’t done it,” he said.
Tax filings show sources of income, both from within the United States and other countries, as well as charitable giving, investments, deductions, and other financial information.
The question remains, will Trump follow the lead of other candidates by showing his tax returns? Don’t hold your breath.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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