Over the weekend, Graham tweeted this: “It’s been 72 hours since I released 11 years of state and federal tax returns and challenged @HarrisonJaime to do the same. Crickets. What is he hiding?”
And then Monday in a press event at a gun shop, Graham said this about Harrison: “I released 11 years of my tax returns. Where are your tax returns? How did you make your money?”
Harrison has not yet formally responded – or released its returns.
If all this feels a little familiar, then it’s because it’s.
President Donald Trump has steadfastly refused to release tax returns and has become the first president of the modern era to do so. Trump has offered all sorts of excuses to keep his taxes private ̵
1; from the fact that he’s being audited (five years and counting!) To the notion that tax returns don’t actually tell you much about anyone’s financial situation.
Despite being one of Trump’s toughest critics during the Republican primary in 2016, Graham has turned into one of the president’s most loyal allies now.
And as you may have guessed, he has not just hit the drum for his friend to release some tax returns beyond a broad call. “I think you should release your tax returns if you run for president in 2020,” Graham said in 2019. “I think everyone should. That’s just my opinion. That would be good for the country.”
But since then, yes, not much – even though Trump has fought all the way to the Supreme Court to keep his taxes from Congress and Manhattan’s district attorney.
If what’s good for the goose is good for gander, Graham must wonder not only what Harrison is hiding by not releasing his return, but what Trump is also hiding. Right? RIGHT?!!
Points: Irony, at least in politics, has been in critical condition for a while now. When Graham tried to make a lack of transparency in tax returns a problem in his re-election race, he may have killed it completely.