Donald Trump is doing damage control after last night’s Republican primary debate, during which the other candidates treated him like the fool he is, used him as the butt of their jokes, and responded to his insults with clever one-liners of their own.
The biggest controversy of his own creation may have been his remark that the IRS is auditing him, and that’s preventing him from releasing his tax returns. (Even Mitt Romney says that’s not a legitimate excuse and that Trump can indeed release his tax returns.)
But why is Trump getting audited? It’s not because of any potentially shady business dealings, he says. He told CNN it’s because he’s Christian (5:10 mark):
… I’m always audited by the IRS. Which I think is very unfair. I don’t know, maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently.
[Host Chris Cuomo: What do you mean religion?]Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it, and maybe there’s a bias.
[Cuomo: You think maybe you get audited for being a strong Christian?]
Well, you see what’s happened. I mean, you have many religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time.
They complain about everything all the time. That doesn’t prove anything.
But since Trump can’t defend his “strong” faith by pointing to his knowledge of the Bible, or showing off his church attendance, or speaking the language of evangelicals, pretending to be targeted by the IRS is the next best thing.
(via Right Wing Watch)