For John, BLUF: The Donald tries to identify with the various demographic groups who will be voting. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The National Interest, and Mr Jonah Goldberg, we have "The Goldberg File". Mr Goldberg is bothered by Mr Donald Trump's excuse for not revealing his recent tax records, and especially Mr Trump's comments on why the IRS was auditing him. And, Mr Goldberg has a good perspective on this. However, I think Mr Trump's comments, quoted by Mr Goldberg and posted below, are quite good.
“I'm always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair -- I don’t know, maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo immediately following the 10th GOP debate on Thursday night.OK, lets start with the assertion by Mr Trump that he is a "strong Christian". Does anyone really believe that? Maybe, but not likely. More important, probably not important.
Cuomo cut in: “What do you mean religion?”
“Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it and maybe there’s a bias,” Trump said.
Cuomo cut in again: “You think you can get audited for being a strong Christian?”
“Well, you see what’s happened,” Trump said. “You have many religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time.”
But, Mr Trump, in that quote, touches a sensitive issue. Out here across the fruited plain we tend to not trust the IRS. We are concerned that the IRS is peopled with Democrat operatives, operatives who go against conservative organizations. What is it now, Day 1024 of the IRS Scandal?♠ There is a lack of trust of the IRS out there and Mr Trump has tapped into it.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ GOP Candidate Dr Ben Carson says he was never audited until after he criticized President Obama at a National Prayer Breakfast.