President Donald Trump angrily insisted he reported staggering business losses to avoid paying higher taxes -- and numerous other social media users wondered if he'd accidentally admitted to a felony.
Trump pushed back against bombshell reporting by the New York Times, which obtained a decade's worth of his tax returns from more than two decades ago showing he lost more than $1 billion.
....you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes....almost all r… https://t.co/latony3n0y— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1557312992.0
Other Twitter users were amazed the president defended himself by possibly confessing to a crime.
@realDonaldTrump @AprilDRyan Did it for sport? Isn't that tax fraud? Gaming the system? Not paying your fair share… https://t.co/ylEr0ZRkUn— 35. (@35.)1557316171.0
I know that we're numb to this stuff now but the president just said he committed felonies for which he was never prosecuted— Simply Loving To Permanently Be Online (@Simply Loving To Permanently Be Online)1557314171.0
Translation: “Even though I aggressively used shelters to keep my taxes low for decades, my tax returns also show t… https://t.co/MhmpaA1CDJ— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1557314653.0
@realDonaldTrump I’m going to play sport on my taxes! Donnie says it’s fine!— Dr. รυρ𝒶𝐟𝐔𝐃 🐾 (@Dr. รυρ𝒶𝐟𝐔𝐃 🐾)1557315573.0
@realDonaldTrump I did it on purpose, it was fun, everyone did it, and it's a lie, i didn't do it.— oliver wasow (@oliver wasow)1557315675.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump best defense is to admit to tax fraud? Cool.— Daniel Wessel (@Daniel Wessel)1557315433.0
@realDonaldTrump If trump is honestly saying that the information provided on his tax returns for a full decade was… https://t.co/ZimRRnD5PG— Evelyn Rose Bain (@Evelyn Rose Bain)1557315730.0
@realDonaldTrump Sounds like fraud to me— President Robert Powell (@President Robert Powell)1557315513.0
@realDonaldTrump "You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes"....tax evasion?— Dr Rune Linding 🇺🇳🇪🇺🇩🇰🇩🇪🇨🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸😷 (@Dr Rune Linding 🇺🇳🇪🇺🇩🇰🇩🇪🇨🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸😷)1557315763.0
@realDonaldTrump Or claiming fraudulent losses to avoid paying taxes.— Sue🇺🇸 (@Sue🇺🇸)1557315607.0
@realDonaldTrump 'Show losses'? You can only show losses if they actually exist, showing losses which don't exist… https://t.co/AxTswaRrDS— Andrew Robertson Wash Your Hands Wear a Face Mask (@Andrew Robertson Wash Your Hands Wear a Face Mask)1557315858.0