Sen. Ted Cruz Reacts To NY Times Report on Trump’s Taxes

President Donald Trump is receiving criticism after The New York Times reported that he paid no income tax in 10 out of the past 15 years. 

According to the Times, Trump did not pay taxes those years “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told ABC’s “The View” on Monday that he is not too sure about the accuracy of the story. However, he said, “I don’t think it’s an issue that frankly impacts a whole lot of Americans.”

“As I talk to people in Texas, the number one issue everyone is worried about is jobs. They want to reopen small businesses, they want to go back to work,” he continued.

He added, “So, you know, a stolen or leaked copy of the president’s tax returns, I get The New York Times wants to drive this as an attack on Donald Trump. But, I don’t see a lot of people in Texas who this is front and center for them.”

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Cruz also argued that it is “often the case that the super-wealthy end up paying a lot less” because there were portions of the tax law that allow them to do so.

He reiterated his view that the amount Trump paid income tax, or did not pay, is not the main issue on a lot of Americans’ minds.

While Cruz said he did not have that much of a concern about the Times’ report, Congressional Democrats blasted the president.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “In 2016 [and] ’17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes *as a bartender.* Trump paid $750.”

“Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself. A walking scam,” she added.

Responses

  1. If you two are sooo upset by our common, every-day corruption, then you both should be upset by Barrett’s nomination to the SC because, since she is only 49 yo, she will entrench Citizens United for DECADES longer. Corruption will be protected until a Constitutional amendment can be approved, because Congress and the SC will be useless in this fight, otherwise.

  2. I’m going to point out right now that this is in the opinion column. There is factual requirements of writing an opinion piece.

    I agree its shady. But were any laws broken? Are you telling me there aren’t equally vomit inducing shadiness in play with Trump’s kids? Or was it just a cute coincidence that the tarifs on China didn’t impact anything with Ivanka’s business, or Trump’s reversals on crackdown with a Chinese company days after Ivanka was given a trademark in Chinese markets, or how gov contracts just keep being magically given to Kushner connected companies. Lets not forget how Trump resorts have been enjoying increase in membership that Trump has openly used for direct access to him through private dinners for members only.

    Republicans would have a lot more credibility if they weren’t so obviously partisan – the shadiness is disgusting from both sides. But Republicans/Democrats aren’t going to convince me they give a shit unless they start pushing through actual laws with steep consequences.

  3. If there is anything there then surely a congressional investigation (which has been ongoing) would be a lot more thorough than anything NYT has access to.

    You might not have picked up on the report they released that had no evidence of actual laws broken – but everyone with a mind of their own did. Keep dreaming – i suspect Hunter Biden’s supposed misdeeds will go exactly like Trump’s rhetoric about Hilary Clinton: no where, and not from lack of trying.

  4. Phoenix- We shall see where that investigation goes (if anywhere) especially since nothing was said on main stream fake news about it.

  5. Paul – who says they aren’t investigating it? Were they not allowed to release this story until you considered it fair?

    That story doesn’t make this less of a story. THAT is a fact.

  6. Walter Mitty how about a tax investigation of Hunter’s multimillion dollar handouts from China and Ukraine? And oh yea the $1.5 mil from the Moscow Mayor that was laundered by him to sex trafficking and prostitution groups.
    Facts are facts.

  7. Ed, what is your beef with working Americans? I don’t like AOC, but being a bartender while working through college is NOT something she should be ashamed of.

  8. How long do we have to wait until we see AOC’s tax returns? Surely she reported all her tips along with the small hourly wage. She would never be even slightly crooked, would she?

  9. I agree with Phoenix. If the “religious right” was okay with the Access Hollywood video, the serial adultery, the 24 sexual assault/harassment accusations, the class action lawsuits for fraud, the hundreds of non-payment lawsuits from employees, contractors, partners and attorneys in 2016, no one expects them to practice their religious values in 2020.
    The affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model, the 25,000 lies, the attacks on EVERY American institution and democratic process, the destruction of global respect for U.S. leadership, and the repeated actions to divide the country have not phased them. NOT paying his fair share of taxes for the military, intelligence community, immigration officers, food and drug inspectors protections that ALL Americans enjoy, is something they perceive Donald J Trump is entitled for free.

  10. It IS relevant with credibility amd would have been a major factor for literally anyone else – but i would agree this will hardly be a factor for Trump supporters.

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