February 17, 2017
...Sanford’s opposition to Trump, (click here) then, was somewhat inevitable. When a chorus of House conservatives took turns fawning over the GOP nominee after a meeting with him last June, Sanford made a point of mocking Trump’s constitutional knowledge. (“Somebody asked about Article I powers and what he would do to protect them,” Sanford told reporters. “I think his response was, ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,’ going down the list. Of course, there is no Article XII.”) When party officials began marginalizing the issue of tax returns after the convention, Sanford wrote a New York Times op-ed calling Trump’s unprecedented lack of transparency “something our country cannot afford.” And when his colleagues returned to D.C. infused with optimism after the Republican ticket’s November 8 victory, Sanford privately warned them to brace for disappointment....
I agree the lack of transparency is troubling, but, because of the Russia issue. I don't believe Trump ever paid taxes. I think he deliberately runs up costs to his empire and has deficits regularly to avoid taxes.
The motto is "Never Settle." (click here) I believe Trump never does, but, the American people have through their loose tax laws that allow such indulgence. It is one thing to allow businesses to survive our tax structure and maintain an economy and employment, but, to indulge such enormous losses when it was caused by deliberate spending that results in opulence is rather disgusting.
That is the way I see Donald Trump's abhorrence of the USA tax structure, disgusting. And he is President. He never paid a dime of tax to the USA Treasury for god sake.
Mark Sanford is known for speaking his mind and groveling for votes when there is no reason to vote for him. There isn't anything phony about him, except the Appalachian Trail. But, the hiking trip was the staff. When he returned to the public he openly stated he was unfaithful to his wife.
He is just a good ole boy and he won't be anything less or more. It is the honesty that keeps him within reach of many South Carolinians. They consider him more a family member that trips over himself too often, than a politician that will fleece them of their lives after the election is over.
I am not surprised he needed to get this off his chest. I am sure many of his constituents are wondering, "What gives with Trump?"