The Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, has spun a column out of the thinnest of threads: Is Trump correct in saying there’s no reason to disclose his taxes?
Well, I’ve read the column and it all comes down to an argument for voyeurism. Along with suggestions that, if all the facts were out, we could nab Trump for the Lindberg kidnapping.
The Post wants to dig up dirt on Trump, and indeed has assigned 20 reporters to do just that. We’re still waiting for them to dig into Obama’s murky past, and it’s not as if they’ve been unduly anxious to probe into the Clintons. Under the pose of a disinterested search for truth, the Post has become a partisan attack dog that takes dictation from the White House and Media Matters. And demands for disclosure can be ignored if they’re made in bad faith.
There is in addition a special reason why demands for disclosure should be resisted. Trump has self-financed his primary campaign and will very possibly put some of his own money into the election campaign. Campaign expenses have to be disclosed, but only after the fact, and a premature disclosure of Trump’s tax returns might come down to tipping his hand about the size of his war chest. That’s something to remember, when someone tells you he should disclose his taxes.
F.H. Buckley is the author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America (Encounter Books, April 2016).
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