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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.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity.

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