Fox News’ Megyn Kelly unloaded on Donald Trump and his tax returns stating that the Republican presidential nominee “screwed” the little guy in his business practices.
In the spirit of being “fair and balanced,” she had pro-Trump guests handy to explain.
Trump’s taxes dominated headlines following a report from the New York Times which obtained a copy of the billionaire’s 1995 tax returns showing a loss of over $900 million in that year. While acknowledging that what the billionaire did in avoiding paying taxes was perfectly legal, a frustrated Kelly sought answers Monday on “The Kelly File.”
“What kind of brilliant businessman has losses like that?” Kelly asked, paraphrasing arguments that Hillary Clinton has been making against Trump. “He may have ended up okay but he screwed the little guy, those contractors and so on that didn’t get paid and the stockholders who got paid out pennies on the dollar.”
Boris Epshteyn, the Trump campaign’s senior advisor attempted to defend the candidate, explaining that everything Trump did with his taxes was legal and standard practice for business owners. Syndicated radio host Richard Fowler agreed, but argued over Trump’s tax rate, which Epshteyn said was not fair to guess.
“We don’t know how much Trump paid because he won’t release the taxes,” Kelly interjected, raising her voice over the two men.
Kelly repeatedly interrupted Epshteyn as he addressed the facts in losses declared by Trump as well as successes that created jobs for thousands.
“You’re not answering any of my points,” Kelly snapped at Epshteyn, clearly frustrated.” I’m giving you the opportunity to respond.”
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