And as if the Trump show is actually being scripted, Trump did exactly what everyone would suspect he’d do Wednesday morning. Yep, he took to Twitter to defend his losses and then claimed fake news.


From CNN:

Several weeks ago, a senior White House official told the Times, “The President got massive depreciation and tax shelter because of large-scale construction and subsidized developments. That is why the President has always scoffed at the tax system and said you need to change the tax laws. You can make a large income and not have to pay large amount of taxes.”

On Saturday, Charles J. Harder, a lawyer for the President, told the Times that the tax information the newspaper acquired was “demonstrably false” and that the Times’ statements “about the President’s tax returns and business from 30 years ago are highly inaccurate.” He didn’t cite any specific errors, according to the newspaper.

On Tuesday, Harder told the Times, “IRS transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate” and “would not be able to provide a reasonable picture of any taxpayer’s return.”


So now everyone is wrong—the New York Times, the non-electronic tax returns, the eyes of the American people, they are all wrong; Trump is not a con man. But then again, the best con is proving that there is no trick, that there is no slight of hand, that the nickel really did jump from the magician’s hand to be found behind the unsuspecting child’s ear. Or, in Trump’s case, the nickel his father gave him—which he claimed to have worked for and earned on his own —was really cited as a loss to avoid taxes, and he’s truthfully earned billions of nickels in legit real estate deals that have nothing to do with Russia.