Make no mistake about it, the 2020 election is already an ugly and dastardly contest, and there’s no sign of this slowing up at all.
Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have attempted to convince us that this election will forever alter the soul of our nation, which simply ups the ante on an already-angsty contest. As such, every little maneuver being made by their campaigns is a purposeful jab or deflection meant to bolster their chances.
For instance, just two days after a New York Times bombshell report claimed that President Trump’s tax returns paint a picture of a man $421 million in debt, (and just hours before the first 2020 presidential debate), Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris have both released their own tax returns.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday released 2019 tax returns for Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, calling on President Trump to release his own, hours before Biden and Trump are set to face off in the first presidential debate.
It marked the latest jab in a heated battle between the two campaigns. Hours earlier, the Trump campaign called for a new ground rule establishing a third-party monitor to check for earpieces during the debate, a request the Biden team denied.
Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield announced on a conference call with reporters that the “Biden’s are releasing their 2019 tax returns, making 22 years of records available to the American public. Sen. Harris and Mr. Emhoff are releasing theirs as well. For Sen. Harris this is now 15 years of returns that are available to the American public.”
Bedingfield stressed that “this is a historic level of transparency meant to give the American people, faith, once again that their leaders will look out for them and not their own bottom line.”
While it is unlikely that Donald Trump will release his tax returns any time soon, (at least not willingly), this move by the Biden campaign reeks of the petty and pompous politicking that we’re going to grow accustomed to over the course of the next several weeks.
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