May 02, 2019
“China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?” So said Hillary Clinton on a wednesday night appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The former secretary of state added, in regards to China, “I’m sure our media would richly reward you.”
This statement mirrors a similar one that then candidate Trump made during a July 2016 news conference: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Many prominent Democrats have said that that statement was a call-to-action by Trump and have cited it as possible evidence of the President having colluded with Russia. President Trump has since claimed that the statement was said in jest. But the Mueller report revealed that Russian hackers sought Clinton’s emails hours within Trump’s statement at the news conference.
In speaking to Rachel Maddow, Clinton added: “Imagine, Rachel, that you had one of the Democratic nominees for 2020 on your show, and that person said, you know, the only other adversary of ours who is anywhere near as good as the Russians is China. So why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don’t we ask China to back us?”
President Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition, as presidents have promptly released their tax returns for the sake of financial transparency. House Democrats have issued subpoenas for the tax returns, and in response Trump has sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to rebuff the House Democrats’ investigations.
– MK. II