Before the media goes on to the next story concerning whether in fact Donald Trump is a business winner or loser, should they, to increase the chance for their candidate to win the presidential election, answer these questions from a Biden supporter? They focus exclusively on the Times revelations on Trump taxes:
Do you really think each of the Times articles are fake?
- What is fake - do you think that the entire team of Times journalists working on this for four years have invented documents? Are they all complicit liars? Should they be sued for defamation?
- If the journalists did not invent documents, should the facts be separated from the conclusions? In other words if we stay only with the facts do we expect the president to provide a documented response to: 1) His having paid no taxes in 10 of the past 15 years? 2) His having paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017? 3) His having taken $70,000 in tax deductions for his hair?
- Should Trump supporters expect/insist that the Trump campaign be more specific about what elements in the story are fake? Is it any longer admissible to simply dismiss anything coming from the mainstream media as fake? Will Trump supporters in battleground working class areas and elsewhere be motivated to get out and vote if he and his campaign take the position that anything unfavorable to him is fake or doesn’t matter?
- Is there now a burden on the president to make public his tax returns for those years that are not implicated in disputes with the IRS? Should at the very least he disclose the amounts he declared he paid in U.S. taxes during the years since 2000?
- Do Trump supporters consider that even if the facts are true, the private business of the president, including business failures and losses and his tax bill and reporting, should not concern voters?
- If this is the case should the electorate no longer insist that presidential candidates provide tax records as one of the relevant elements in a presidential campaign?
- If private business and tax issues should not concern the electorate, should also personal matters such as adultery matter not be legitimate voter concern?
- If the story is not fake would you want any senator or other government official to be elected or keep his job, if the same facts were revealed as to him or her? For example, would or should these same revelations about a Supreme Court nominee impact his or her confirmation?
- As a general matter, if as a hypothesis a substantial part of the story is not fake, should this, like all the other bad character traits that Trump displays, not matter to Trump supporters?
Now in the aftermath of the Times story and also the more recent story putting in doubt Trump’s business acumen, if Republicans could pick the next president, is there any other candidate they would prefer to lead the country?
Put another way, if Joe Biden is bad for the county because he will bring about civil disorder, is too old to be president, and supports or tolerates socialist programs, what Republican would be a better candidate than Donald Trump, someone with fewer character defects and more able to unify and not divide the American people?
Mark L. Cohen has his own legal practice, and was counsel at White & Case starting in 2001, after serving as international lawyer and senior legal consultant for the French aluminum producer Pechiney. Cohen was a senior consultant at a Ford Foundation Commission, an advisor to the PBS television program "The Advocates," and Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He teaches U.S. history at the business school in Lille l'EDHEC. Read Mark L. Cohen's Reports — More Here.
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