GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump maintained in last night’s debate he wouldn’t immediately release his tax returns because he’s being audited. And in a post-debate interview on CNN, the candidate revealed one reason why he thinks he’s been targeted by the IRS.Via The Daily Caller:
Donald Trump thinks he knows why his tax returns are always being audited.In an interview Chris Cuomo on CNN after Thursday night’s primary debate, the billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner suggested that the IRS might be persecuting him because he is “a strong Christian.”
“But the one problem I have is I am always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair,” Trump said. “I don’t know — maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I am doing this [running for office], though this is just recently.”
Asked to clarify what he meant when he said he might be being audited because of religion, Trump replied: “Well, maybe because of the fact I am a strong Christian and I feel strongly about it, and maybe there is a bias.”Watch for yourself — and note CNN Chris Cuomo’s response to Trump’s suggestion:
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) February 26, 2016
Of course, we’d all fall out of our chairs if Chris Cuomo or any other CNN anchor raised an eyebrow over something Hillary Clinton said. Nonetheless, Cuomo’s reaction seems to have been shared by many watching. While Trump may be known for a lot of things, being a “strong Christian” isn’t one that comes up a lot.
As he pointed out, however, religious groups have complained about being targeted for their faith — and we’ve written quite a bit on this page about the very sad reality that religious freedom, particularly for Christians, has been under increasing attack under the Obama administration.
So, was Trump’s connection of his Christianity to his IRS audit just an attempt to connect with Christian voters — or do you believe he’s sincere in his belief he’s being targeted for his religion?
What do y’all think?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]