In a Tuesday interview with the AP, Donald Trump stated unequivocally that he would not release his taxes until after the election, citing an audit.
I don't know who the last candidate was to not release their taxes, but it is unprecedented in recent years. (Bernie has similarly stalled, releasing only his 2014 return—complete with some interesting deductions.)
Mitt Romney, another rich man who was reluctant to release his taxes (but, to his credit, eventually did), posted a scathing critique of Trump on his Facebook page that explicitly refers to Trump's decision as “disqualifying.”
The Republican schism makes Hillary vs. Bernie look like Sonny vs. Cher—in the skits, pre-divorce.
One day later, once this decision hit the fan, Trump blasted his critics and said he never meant he wouldn't release his tax returns, only that he would release them after the “routine audit” was completed.
Mitt Romney failed to unseat President Obama in 2012, largely because he was a stiff as a candidate and he had a demonstrable distaste for the middle class.
Today, four short years later, he may be “no Reagan,” as he says, but he sounds and looks like Gandhi compared to Donald Trump, whom he blasts repeatedly in the speech below (SPOILER ALERT: He also detests the Clintons) ...
Super Tuesday was a Super Disaster for the GOP, with Trump taking seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont), Cruz taking two (Oklahoma and Texas) and Rubio finally winning one (Minnesota). Alaska remains uncalled as it is a late-starting contest.
Rubio insists that he's got a path to the nomination and is in it to win it, forcing an unconvincing grin as he spoke to FOX News:
Hillary crushed Bernie in Alabama, American Samoa (don't laugh, they have tons of delegates compared to their tiny population), Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, and won by about 2-3% in Massachusetts. Sanders won more states than he might have: Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont, the latter of which—his home state—was his only bloodbath, but he won by convincing margins in the others.
Hillary's victory speech:
After tonight, Hillary has an easy path to the nomination, Sanders has almost no path. No longer “a serious presidential contender,” Sanders vowed to fight on, though, and will continue to shape the conversation.
Trump is far and away the favorite to gain the nomination, but with Cruz and Rubio staying in, the GOP moves ever closer to a contested convention, in which Trump could be denied the nomination in favor of Cruz, Rubio, or just about anyone else the GOP picks (Paul Ryan?). If that were to happen, Trump wouldn't just accept his fate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) thinks Cruz—whom he despises—may be the GOP's only hope, and that Hillary would beat Trump “like a drum.”
A former top Romney strategist just came right out and said Hillary would be preferable to Trump, which is a conclusion to which I have to believe a lot of voting GOPers would come.
Or are we gearing up for President Trump in January?