The Trump cult is a tough nut to crack. It has stayed true to Dear Leader through thick and thin, whether he shakes down foreign leaders for domestic political purposes, soaks taxpayers for golf trips to his properties, acts like a sexual predator, reportedly calls our war dead “losers” and “suckers,” tear-gases peaceful protesters, or hopelessly bungles the nation’s response to a pandemic. It’s therefore unlikely that the New York Times’ blockbuster detailing his failure to pay federal income taxes for much of the past decade-and-a-half will move the needle in some meaningful way.
Still, the Times’ story does reveal some of the reasons why Trump doesn’t want the world to see inside his financial house of cards. Chief among these are potential foreign entanglements with lenders, which itself presents massive conflicts of interest for Trump and security threats to the nation. That small matter of $421 million coming due in four years needs to be understood prior to election day.