In the wake of an incendiary report from The New York Times documenting President Donald Trump’s $1.17 billion in losses from business decisions made between 1985 and 1994, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said that Trump’s choice to possibly release his tax returns isn’t a question of justice, but of political strategy.
“All you are doing is handing your opponents hundreds of pages — in his case, thousands of pages, out of context, to be lifted out in political opposition,” Huckabee said to Fox News panelists, according to Mediaite. “Then he spends all his time trying to respond to nitpicky questions about his tax returns.”
Huckabee, who himself released his tax returns as a candidate, called it “the dumbest thing I ever did.”
“It was a disaster. I didn’t have much to show. But I’m telling you, my opponent didn’t, I did, and I paid dearly for it. I would never do it again, and I’ve said to the president, don’t do it. Don’t do it.”
But unlike Huckabee, President Trump has a lifetime career’s worth of countless business ventures, enterprises, and deals. And, many of Trump’s political opponents, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg, have already chosen to release theirs.