Now Trump's surrogates are doubling down on Trump's claim that paying no taxes show him to be "smart." Not just smart - now they lay claim to him being a genius. John Cassidy of the New Yorker pokes several holes in that one.
Trump claims to be a populist and man of the people, but the claim is getting hollower by the day. In the course of his business career, he has stiffed suppliers, reneged on debts, operated a sham university that charged people of moderate means tens of thousands of dollars, given away little or nothing to charity, and—now we know this all but for sure—exploited loopholes in the tax code to get out of paying any income taxes. Yes, it takes a certain kind of talent to get as far as Trump has with that sort of record. But it certainly isn’t the genius that Giuliani was referring to.