In 2011, Trump Complained That Lower-Income Americans Weren’t Paying Taxes

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"And even if you don't make a lot, you should have to pay something. Just something to be a part of the game."

In light of The New York Times’ recent bombshell report on President Donald Trump’s tax returns, CNN highlighted a conversation Trump had on Sean Hannity’s radio show in 2011 when he said lower-income Americans should have to pay taxes to be “part of the game.”

The comments are resurfacing after it was revealed Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported losing significantly more than he made, according to an explosive report released Sunday by The New York Times.

According to The Times, "confidential records show that starting in 2010 [Trump] claimed, and received, an income tax refund totaling $72.9 million — all the federal income tax he had paid for 2005 through 2008, plus interest.

  • But in 2011, Trump discussed Occupy Wall Street protesters’ criticism that wealthy Americans evade taxes.
  • Hannity said: "Now everybody keeps saying down at Occupy Wall Street, the 1% -- which I'm sure you're a part of -- doesn't pay any taxes. Do you not pay any taxes? I didn't know that."
  • Trump responded: "No, I pay tax. I pay a lot of tax. I just signed a big fat check recently for a lot of tax. I paid literally, I paid a lot of tax and you know, look, I don't mind. I'm proud to pay it up. If I owe it, I pay it."
  • Trump added: "The amazing thing is that half of the country is paying nothing. Zero. And even if you don't make a lot, you should have to pay something. Just something to be a part of the game. Half of the country's paying nothing.”

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