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Fox Contributor Defends Trump Cheating on His Taxes in the Most Pathetic Way, ‘Probably All of Us Do It!’
Fox News regular Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist is making excuses for President Donald Trump’s dubious tax practices, Mediaite reports.
So what’s her argument?
She’s claiming every American tries to circumvent the system in the same way Trump did.
Panelists on Fox News’ Outnumbered discussed the bombshell report by The New York Times that revealed the president paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. That report also revealed Trump allegedly hasn’t paid any recent taxes, claimed massive business losses, and paid Ivanka Trump more than $700,000, allowing her to claim a consulting fee write-off, while trump himself claimed write-offs by doing things like claiming $70,000 for hair-styling as a business expense.
Anchor Brett Baier seemed to share Hemingway’s sentiments and said he found it doubtful this would be of much concern in the 2020 election. That led Hemingway to also discount The Times’ extensive report and suggest, with no credible evidence whatsoever, that the newspaper somehow coordinated this with Joe Biden’s campaign.
“Depreciation, itemizing deductions. All of these things he’s doing are things that probably all of us do, that most people do when they are filing their taxes,” she said. “I’m not quite sure what is supposed to be news. As Bret noted, this story came out in 2016, and at the time, Donald Trump said he absolutely did not pay more taxes than he owes. If you do have a problem with the way he is paying his taxes, and that it is legal, you need to change the law.”
I’m no legal authority, but it seems evident that Trump has found a Swiss cheese of loopholes here, and while most of us have our own ways of filing and itemizing deductions, I’m pretty certain that generally doesn’t include $70,000 worth of haircuts. Maybe Hemingway spends that on her hair, I don’t know, but in a tweet, she said she was glad she follows “so many journalists on Twitter who are tax and loan experts. That led the Twitterati to respond aptly.
Honestly just feel blessed to follow so many journalists on Twitter who are tax and loan experts. Didn't realize that they had this particular expertise before tonight as I'd never heard them discuss a word of it before, which makes it all the more impressive.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 28, 2020
— Pièce de Résistance ✍️ #VOTE (@bythos_) September 28, 2020
Honestly you don’t need to be an expert to know that every average person pays more than $750 a year in federal taxes. So why does a million/billionaire (as he claims) pays less than someone who works at JC Penny. Kind of sus if you ask me (an actual MBA who knows tax law)
— chris (@chrisoldyoung) September 28, 2020
Gotta try harder, Mol; you've done way above/beyond the call to evict Lou Dobbs as the co-resident in Trump's buttcrack (Lumpy Hannity is the other). I for one won't spend $70,000 in a hundred lifetimes on haircuts. But you might.
— Paul Hanlin Jr (@Paul_Hanlin_Jr) September 28, 2020
I don't know. I'm no expert. I'm not a journalist. I don't get paid much. And I pay more taxes than the guy with a golden toilet.
— Kevin Hawley (@KevinHawley3) September 28, 2020
I'm not a tax expert.
I'm a Catholic priest.
I don't need to be an expert to figure that if I had tried to pay taxes at the rate @realdonaldtrump did in 2017, there would not be an American coin small enough.
— Hi-Fi Jump Ropes (@RobDye1960) September 28, 2020
You don’t have to be an expert for this. My 5 year old in kindergarten (which is remote thanks to Trump’s botched COVID response) has learned the difference between larger & smaller numbers. Should I get her to explain to you that $750 is a small number compared to his billions?
— Ashley Llamas (@ashley_llamas88) September 28, 2020
Watch the video below.
Mollie Hemingway on Fox on Trump's taxes: "All of these things he's doing are things that probably all of us do, that most people do when they're filing their taxes" pic.twitter.com/VYFgeMeOLb
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) September 28, 2020