For the past four decades, every U.S. president has released their tax returns — until Donald Trump took office, that is. On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered a new excuse for why POTUS hasn’t released his tax returns for the past two years. She apparently doesn’t think Democrats in Congress are “smart enough” to understand them.
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“This is a dangerous, dangerous road and frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,” she told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Sanders went on to guess that “most of them don’t do their own taxes, and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”
Democrats in Congress aren’t smart enough to understand the President’s tax returns and probably don’t even understand how to do their own… https://t.co/wooGn3jVp8
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 15, 2019
Members of the House officially asked the IRS to hand over President Trump’s tax returns this month. In a Saturday letter that was obtained by CNN, House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal told IRS commissioner Charles Rettig that “none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee’s request.”
Sanders disagreed, telling Fox News, “This is all about political partisanship.”
Celebrities and Democratic politicians alike were quick to slam Sanders for essentially calling Congress dumb, claiming that she’s actually the one who’s not good at her job.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 14, 2019
She is such an embarrassment of a press secretary https://t.co/Ycymalc4qd
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) April 14, 2019
remember when it was a national emergency because a comedian made fun of her https://t.co/SF5y1dQpeE
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 14, 2019
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 14, 2019
Our freshman class includes intelligence analysts, nurses, veterans, and – ahem – law professors. I think we can handle it. https://t.co/XORMWW8dEd
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) April 14, 2019
I’ll bet most of them can spell “hamburger” correctly. https://t.co/5olwAIUaqn
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 14, 2019
Last Sunday, Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told Fox News Sunday that Democrats will “never” see Trump’s taxes.
“Democrats are demanding that the IRS turn over the documents,” Mulvaney said. “That is not going to happen, and they know it. This is a political stunt.”
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