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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Daily Combover - March 15, 2017

The slightly-less racist version of the Muslim Ban was blocked tonight by a court order in Hawaii. Is there anything that isn't awesome about Hawaii? Well yeah there's the incredibly high poverty and crime rates. And the high obesity rate. And the high infant mortality rate. And the low education completion rate.

But I think that says more about how the government treats its native populations than anything. Speaking of which:
Isn't he supposed to be good at optics?

Anyway, getting back to the reason we're all here tonight. Our Dear Leader's mental stability has taken a hit tonight:
In the middle of what has been a terrible week for him -- whispers in the media of slander against President Obama; allegations that he leaked his own taxes; the defeat of the second Muslim Ban; and of course the ever tightening noose Putin has around his neck -- you'd think he'd want to address some of that. But no, he'd rather attack Snoop. Snoop is definitely at the tail end of his career but he still made $2.5M last year and has an estimated net worth of $135M. Not exactly failing.

With so many issues to comb over, let's just look at the first one tonight. Did Trump leak his own taxes? The Guardian reports:
The White House preemptively criticized the Maddow show before it aired, releasing a statement claiming Trump paid $38m in taxes on an income of more than $150m. The statement said he also paid “tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes”.
Here’s the full statement from a Trump administration official:
You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.
Before being elected President, Mr. Trump was one of the most successful businessmen in the world with a responsibility to his company, his family and his employees to pay no more tax than legally required. That being said, Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that. Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.
Other sources have also confirmed the timing of the above statement. I know Trump has proven himself to be a Time Traveler in the past but this is getting ridiculous. If he didn't leak the tax return himself, how would he have known the specific amounts? This was an 11-year old return. How many of you can remember your income and tax outlays from 2005? And Trump doesn't exactly have the memory of an elephant.

Of course that didn't stop Trump from Tweeting about it at 4AM (Daylight Savings is a bitch):
Ponder that tonight.

Catch you on the flip side.

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