The first Presidential Debate on Tuesday night has been a hot topic of conversation for the last few weeks, and with the recent bombshell announcement regarding Donald Trump’s taxes, the Biden Campaign has decided to throw a little extra shade at Team Trump before the candidates take the stage.
Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, all released their personal taxes on Tuesday. The full financial statements are available on Joe Biden‘s campaign website for anyone to scrutinize. Biden has posted 22 years of his taxes, with Harris and Emhoff sharing their 2019 state and federal returns.
Every presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has released their taxes, but Trump continues to be the glaring exception, making the same excuses for not releasing them as he did in 2016. While taxes aren’t on the official list of topics provided by moderator Chris Wallace, it’s not out of the realm of expectation that Biden might just make a mention of them when the opportunity arises.
The American people deserve transparency from their leaders, it's why as of today, I've released 22 years of my tax returns. https://t.co/6fwL20fWeI
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 29, 2020
Twitter was quick to pick up on the announcement, especially with Trump’s own tax returns still dominating the trending topics.
According to an investigation conducted by the New York Times, President Trump “paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.” https://t.co/7Eil2szMPw
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 27, 2020
Joe Biden paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes for 2019. President Trump, meanwhile, has refused to release any of his tax returns. https://t.co/p4qh3bfriW
— WSJ Politics (@WSJPolitics) September 29, 2020
WATCH: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are releasing their 2019 tax returns today ahead of the first presidential debate #MTPDaily @mikememoli: "They really want to destroy the myth that … Trump is a successful businessman who can help the working class." pic.twitter.com/g9cp5nPZY6
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 29, 2020
Team Trump, clearly worried about the debate, started tweeting misinformation as a “joke” and making outrageous claims that their own demands weren’t met.
Lots of disinfo ahead of tonight's debate. One case: InfoWars says Biden got questions in advance, citing former Fox host Todd Starnes. Starnes himself just heard it on local radio. And the radio station got it from conspiracy theory king and ex InfoWars employee Jerome Corsi. pic.twitter.com/O9g8OgZde6
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 29, 2020
Expectations for a Biden debate win are so high, Team Trump is already pre-emptively trying to cancel the remaining two scheduled debates. Mark Hamill had the best advice for dealing with whatever might happen on the debate stage.
Debate Drinking-Game Words
DJT- TREMENDOUS/FAKE NEWS/HOAX/RIGGED/SCAM/
OBAMAGATE/PHONY IMPEACHMENT/SLEEPY JOE/LOSER/ LAMESTREAM MEDIA/MSDNC/STRONGLY/ANTIFA THUGS/RADICAL LEFT/ WHERE'S HUNTER?/NOBLE PRIZE/UNFAIRLY/CHINA VIRUS (Bonus-KUNG FLU)
— Mark Hamill (Mar🐫) (@HamillHimself) September 29, 2020