On Monday, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan dropped by Michigan to support two congressional candidates, Mike Bishop and Jack Bergman.
While joining incumbent Mike Bishop during an interview with journalists at Oakland County Airport, Ryan addressed the recent New York Times article about Trump’s tax records.
The New York Times anonymously received Trump’s 1995 income tax returns. According to New York Times writer, David Barstow, these returns showed that “Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.”
The article instantaneously went viral, and has since been shared on all major social media sites, so it was only right for the journalists to address this.
In response to this issue Ryan believes the tax returns will not be harmful to his run for office. This is a logical thought by Ryan given what we know about how people vote according to party alliance.
Although, before this article was published, The Detroit News published a different article showing 72% of Michigan’s voters want Trump to release his taxes to the public. Tax records are important to the people of Michigan, and his records are now visibly displeasing. This may have some effect on his campaign in the state.
He then went on to say his actions really weren’t a big deal because net operating losses are commonly used for tax purposes. Downplaying the severity of corruption within big businesses’ are rocky grounds for Ryan to walk on.