Donald Trump repeatedly promised to release his tax returns before the 2016 election, at first saying he would “absolutely” release them if he ran for office, and later saying he would after an IRS “audit,” which appears to have never ended.
The President might be sensing his own re-election weakness because he just promised to release a “very complete” report on his finances before the 2020 election.
“At some point prior to the election, I’m going to be giving out a financial report of me, and it will be extremely complete,” Trump told reporters Monday as he headed to a campaign rally in North Carolina, The Hill reports. “I’m going to give out my financial condition and you’ll be extremely shocked that the numbers are many, many times what you think.”
It’s likely just one in a long line of false and broken promises.
Last year CNN’s Keith Boykin posted this video montage of more than 10 promises Trump has blatantly broken, including that he would release his taxes:
Trump’s History of Lies:
❌ Obama’s birth certificate
❌ Mexico will pay for his wall
❌ Will release tax returns
❌ Drain the swamp
❌ Hire the best people
❌ Won’t golf as president
❌ Largest inaugural ever
❌ No ties to Russia
❌ North Korea
❌ Stormy Daniels
And many more… pic.twitter.com/V1kH4HgvGN
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 19, 2018
Trump has repeatedly falsified his financial data, according to multiple reports, including increasing the value of properties when trying to get financing, and lowering them when trying to get a favorable tax break.
In March Vanity Fair published a report titled, “Trump’s Financial Statements Are So Full of Lies That His Accountants Put a Warning Label on Them.”
Trump has also released false medical reports.
Inside the secret GOP plan to keep power in 2020 — and beyond
In 2020, we need to pay attention to state elections as well as elections for president and Congress. State elections could decide whether the Republican Party further corrupts American democracy.
As demographics change — and America becomes more diverse and more liberal — the GOP has responded by implementing policies that will take away power from the American people. Rather than changing with the times, they’ve got another plan: minority rule – by them.
The 2020 candidates need to go after Trump on his supposed strength
Among many outcomes and observations following last week’s ABC News/Univision presidential debate, there were only two candidates who were willing to attack Donald Trump and the trolls who surround him: Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. That’s not to say the others didn’t mention President Trump at all. It's just that Harris and O’Rourke stood out in terms of their unflinching and aggressive attacks against Trump (Harris) and the Republican Party’s destructive fealty to the gun lobby (O’Rourke).
There’s a noticeable pee-shyness among the Democrats, too often quivering like Shaggy and Scooby over being seen as too anti-Trump or too anti-gun in the face of the elusive white-male diner crowd, despite the reality that Trump’s approvals are stuck in the 40 percent range, give or take. Likewise, support for a new assault weapons ban and an expansion of federal background checks is practically universal. A recent Fox News poll showed 67 percent support for an assault weapons ban and 90 percent support for expanded background checks. Oddly, those numbers indicate that Harris and O’Rourke weren’t really going out on any limbs here, except when contrasted with the baffling timidity of the other Democrats.
Democratic White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren calls Trump ‘corruption in the flesh’
Facing thousands of cheering supporters in the nation's largest city, Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Monday decried President Donald Trump as "corruption in the flesh".
"Corruption has put our planet at risk. Corruption has broken our economy. And corruption is breaking our democracy," said Warren, a Massachusetts senator who has emerged as a leading presidential contender.