GREAT piece over at Ballon Juice by Anne Laurie.
It’s Chris Matthews interviewing Bernie Snader’s campaign manager Jeff Weaver.
It’s interesting to note that the Clintons have relesed over the years – 33 YEARS of Federal Tax returns.
Bernie says Hillary has ‘bad judgement’ and ‘isn’t qualified to be President.
Donald Trump says Hillary is ‘crooked’ and ‘can’t be trusted.
Bernie Sanders has released 1, count them or it, 1 year of tax returns.
Donald Trump has released 0 and has said he won’t until after the election.
Chris Matthews and Jeff Weaver –
Matthews: “You just said that Trump is hiding something, by not releasing his tax returns. What is your candidate hiding”?
Weaver: “I — my — my candidate is not hiding anything”.
Matthews: “But then why doesn’t he release his tax returns”?
Weaver: “He has released some —”
Matthews: “He’s released one year, of fourteen, that’s it”.
Weaver: “— and he has House and Senate ethics reports —”
Matthews: “Yeah, but why doesn’t he release his tax returns? You just said, a minute ago, that a politician is running for President, that doesn’t release his tax returns, has something to hide —”
Weaver: “But that’s Donald Trump! You asked about Donald Trump, Chris”!
Matthews: “I asked you, why wouldn’t a politician release his tax returns…”
Weaver: “That’s not a hypothetical, you said why isn’t Donald Trump revealing his tax returns?!?”
Matthews: “Okay, fine. You said that Donald Trump would not release his tax returns because he was obviously trying to hide something. What is Senator Sanders hiding”?
Weaver: “He’s hiding nothing. And I think — if you talk to anybody in the media — who saw those tax returns in 2014 — everybody who thought there was gonna be some big thing in there, and you know what? Zero”!
Matthews: “I’m just asking the question, live question, right now: You just went after Trump, for not releasing his returns. Why doesn’t your guy do it”?
Weaver: “Yes, and that — because Trump is a flim-flam artist, and a fraud! We’ve seen that, in his university, and —”
Matthews: “Why don’t you address yourself to the question I just asked? Why doesn’t your guy release the returns? Give me an answer”!
Weaver: “Well, he will”.
Matthews: “Oh, he will”?
Weaver: “Sure! He said he will”!
‘While campaigning in New Jersey, Clinton said’:
“Every day we learn more about Donald Trump. Just yesterday, we learned the truth about Donald Trump’s big talk about helping veterans. It turns out it wasn’t until the press shamed him that he actually made the donations that he promised. For months, it was all just a publicity stunt”.
“Well today, we’re learning about another scam. The so-called Trump University. The New York Attorney General is suing Trump for fraud, and his own employees testified that Trump U, you can’t make this up, that Trump U was a fraudulent scheme where Donald Trump enriched himself at the expense of hard working people. Trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable Americans encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures all while making promises they knew were false from the beginning”.
“This is just more evidence that Donald Trump himself is a fraud’.
‘He is trying to scam America the way he scammed all these people at Trump U’.
‘It’s important that we recognize what he has done because that’s usually a pretty good indicator of what he will do. And on issue after issue, we see someone who is unqualified and unfit to be the President Of The United States”.