Remember how the question of when Mitt Romney would release his tax returns dogged him throughout the 2012 campaign, until he finally broke down and did it? Donald Trump is not going to follow the Romney path—but not because he’s going to release years and years of tax information quickly. Not even close.
Despite pressure, the billionaire businessman also doesn’t expect to release his tax returns before November, citing an ongoing audit of his finances. He said he will release them after the audit ends.
“There’s nothing to learn from them,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. He also has said he doesn’t believe voters are interested.
There’s nothing to learn from the tax returns of this yugely wealthy man campaigning for president on a platform of his own wealth and success? People aren’t interested to know how much money he has—is it as much as he
or a fraction of that as many observers suggest—or what tax rate he pays, or how much he gives to charity? But hey, The Donald has read the minds of the voters and found that their views are happily in line with what’s convenient for him, and who am I to question?
It’s such a perfectly Trump thing to just be like “nope” when asked to do something that’s standard for a presidential nominee, though. It’s almost enjoyable—but not as enjoyable as months of pressure on him to change his mind will be.