People are convinced that the White House made a not-so-subtle dig at former president Donald Trump in a recent statement about President Biden's tax returns.
Because we all know of Trump's questionable history with tax, don't we?
In September last year, The New York Times published a damning report on more than 2 decades of Trump's tax-return data, including information from 2017 and 2018, his first 2 years in office.
According to the report, Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency.
In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.
And, in ten of the last fifteen years, he paid no income tax at all...
Largely because he reported losing more money than he made.
Trump quickly responded to the report, claiming furiously that he'd paid "many millions of dollars in taxes."
"I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits," he wrote on Twitter.
He then accused the Times of having obtained the tax information illegally, which the newspaper profusely denied.
In a later press conference, Trump also vowed information about his taxes "will all be revealed".
However, he offered no timeline for the disclosure and made similar promises during the 2016 election campaign without ever following through.
Even as early as 2014, Trump told reporters he would make his tax returns public if he ran for office, according to ABC News.
"If I decide to run for office, I'll produce my tax returns, absolutely," he had said. "And I would love to do that."
Trump quickly came up with an excuse as to why he hadn't produced his tax returns:
"I get audited. And obviously, if I'm being audited, I'm not going to release a return," he said.
Well, regardless of his excuse, the tax story has stuck to him like a bad smell...
And this week, the White House decided to throw a little bit of shade regarding the scandal.
President Biden's tax returns were this week made public and, in the White House's official announcement, people are convinced there was a not-so-subtle dig at Trump's failure to provide his own returns.
@jdawsey1 WH throwin' a little shade. I like it!— Debbie Vax-it or Mask-It (@Debbie Vax-it or Mask-It)1621301831.0
Of course, people are loving the shade.
@jdawsey1 @BeverlyFolkers I love Biden admin shade— Rev. Dr. Boudyka (@Rev. Dr. Boudyka)1621292071.0
@gailkiddenmom @jdawsey1 That word is doing a lot of work— David Lazarus (@David Lazarus)1621288302.0
@jdawsey1 @Tamaraciocci That is throwing some serious shade!— Tim Marks (@Tim Marks)1621300270.0
@jdawsey1 *almost* 🔥🔥🔥😂— 𝚎𝙼𝚊𝚌. (@𝚎𝙼𝚊𝚌.)1621342833.0
@jdawsey1 @JonLemire Lol. Nice shade!— Melissa (@Melissa)1621287836.0
@jdawsey1 @nycsouthpaw That's borderline snarky— Sherry McAllister (@Sherry McAllister)1621287642.0
@jdawsey1 I saw that dig!— John of North (@John of North)1621288688.0
@jdawsey1 Throw that shade.....👏🏻👏🏻😂‼️— @sowhat (@@sowhat)1621349728.0
@jdawsey1 Almost is doing a lot of heavy lifting here.— M.D. Lafrance (@M.D. Lafrance)1621288661.0
@jdawsey1 Burn.— Kona Lowell (@Kona Lowell)1621297122.0
Washington Post reporter, Josh Dawsey, reported that the White House had said:
From the White House: "Today, the President released his 2020 federal income tax return, continuing an almost uninterrupted tradition."— Josh Dawsey (@Josh Dawsey)1621286770.0
"Today, the President released his 2020 federal income tax return, continuing an almost uninterrupted tradition."
It doesn't get much shadier than that, does it?