Call me a skeptic, paranoid, a hater or whatever but this all seems a little too orchestrated for me.
So you have two pages out of a countless number of pages related to a 2005 tax return and somehow the Trumpkins feel vindicated.
Well here’s a question for them – would two pages from their twelve year old tax return adequately portray their earnings, sources of income, or charitable donations for the next twelve years?
I’m kind of doubting it.
This amounts to nothing more than a manuver to direct attention from one subject to another – it’s what this administration does when the heat turns up.
Start catching heat for scurrilous claims about millions illegally voting and divert attention with an equally scurrilous claim about a former president ordering wiretapping.
As the heat ramps up about that divert attention with the roll out of a healthcare reform bill that lends credibility to the adage that if you gave a room full of chimpanzees typewriters over a period of time they would write the complete works of Shakespeare.
When it starts to get hot with what is contained within said piece of legislation roll out a miniscule release of a twelve year old tax form and claim vindication.
The hilarious part is Junior saying see, my daddy pays taxes naner naner.
So how about something a little more current, beginning say with 2008 – 2009 when the Donald jr. went on about a diversified portfolio and money pouring in from Russia?
Question is did the administration itself leak the return? Viable question considering how incomplete it is – and what’s this, no wild eyed rant about calling for an investigation? So sad, so out of character.
Consider as well if this was truly an “illegal leak” why did it consist of only two pages?
If the leaker could access two pages then they surely could access all of them – so why two pages and why 2005?
Is 2005 the only one with the potential to make Trump look good if partially released?
Hey, call me what you will but I’m calling this bs, an orchestrated leak – that if you actually thought about you might actually be inclined to do so as well.
There’s a petition sitting on the desk on the Oval Office with over a million signatures calling for the release of Trump’s tax returns – think it’s possible that might have had something to do with it as well?
On the one hand I’m not impressed with Maddow’s twitter driven for ratings golly gee, look at what we have, but I’m even less impressed with the “release”.
Ultimately I believe Maddow and the media got played, and after thinking about it they may have come to that conclusion as well. The ripple in the news pond is that audiences got played as well.
Maxwell Strachan who wrote the linked article apparently has assumed the role of apologist for Maddow – not really surprised as I was confident someone would, but Max in his zeal seems to overlook the fact that as journalist Maddow had previewed the documents and in her twittercapade could have been a little more specific knowing that expectations would be “heightened”.
But then had she of it could have impacted viewer numbers and it is after all show biz – and yes show biz has become an integral part of broadcast media.
To say that Maddow is without fault for “heightened” viewer expectations sounds a lot like it was lifted from something Kellyanne Conway would say in defense of Jabba the Trump.
I don’t have anything against Maddow and in fact have enjoyed her show at times, that doesn’t imply that I hang on her every word or agree all the time.
If Trump’s got nothing to hide well and good, problem is he isn’t acting like he doesn’t.