Mitt Romney is once again on the attack against Donald Trump. This time, Romney claims that if Trump won’t release his income tax forms, it will disqualify him from being President. He also suggested that the only reason for not releasing them is that there must be some “bombshell” hidden in them.

I supported Romney, just as I will Trump, despite having serious differences with both. I believe that if you’re a Republican, then you respect the voters’ choice. But I am especially disappointed in Mitt for this latest attack. He’s not only trying to sink his own party’s presumptive nominee, but he’s factually incorrect and he’s making the same unfair attack on Trump that was launched against him in 2012.

Back then, Mitt also came under fire for not releasing his tax returns swiftly enough. Harry Reid took advantage of that to deliberately lie from the Senate floor that Romney might be trying to hide his own bombshell: that he hadn’t paid any taxes in 10 years. Reid knew that accusation was a blatant falsehood, but when asked about it two years later, he expressed no regrets for his slander. Instead, Reid smirked, “He didn’t win, did he?” The only revelation to come from that story was that Harry Reid was an unrepentant liar, hardly a “bombshell” to anyone who’d been paying attention for the past 20 or so years.

I have long argued that all candidates should resist the fairly-recent demand that they release their personal tax forms. First, it is an invasion of privacy that’s not a requirement for office. The qualifications for the Presidency are clear-cut, and there are specific financial disclosure forms you must file. But no law requires a candidate to release his or her personal tax forms.

Secondly, what would the average voter learn from seeing Donald Trump’s tax returns? He obviously doesn’t do them himself. He has a platoon of accountants filling out hundreds of pages of complicated forms to comply with (and if he’s smart, avoid) our massive, baffling tax code. You’d have to be a CPA to even vaguely understand Trump’s tax return. But it’s a treasure trove for opponents to lift items out of context to make him look shady. And lest you think that’s unique to Trump, it happens to everyone.

Early in my political career, I volunteered to release all my tax returns. Why not? I had nothing to hide. If anything, I was probably too honest and paid too much tax. It sure felt like it! But I learned that honesty and good intentions don’t count for squat in politics. My opponents still twisted things out of context to try to make me look like a tax cheat. You can do that to anyone because nobody understands the tax code, not even the IRS agents in charge of enforcing it.

If Mitt Romney wants to talk about taxes while showing the world what a real Republican stands for, he should stop trying to destroy the party’s presumptive nominee and instead aim his fire at a more appropriate target: the 70,000-plus-page tax code.

Please leave me a comment below I read them!

Comments 1-5 of 32

  • Glenn Grootegoed

    05/21/2016 12:25 AM

    I don't believe Mitt caught judge Jeanine Pirro s opening comments when he came out against Mr. Trump. Basically Mr. Romney she said you have no room to talk and you should shut up and go get by you dish. Personally I think there is plenty of constructive things you could be doing, I f your not going to be part of the solutions shut up and get by your dish. I want to thank you Mr. Huckabee for you open mind from the beginning you spoke the truth and I respect that. Keep on speaking the truth we need more patriots like you good luck sir and God bless you.

  • Holly

    05/14/2016 04:50 PM

    Qualifications for the Office of President
    Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    Term limit amendment - US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 - ratified February 27, 1951

    No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

    Nowhere does it mention anything about taxes. He doesn't have to release them. It's nobody's business but his, the people who does his taxes, and the IRS. The only thing we should question is his birth place and his age.

  • Gina Mitauer

    05/13/2016 05:27 PM

    Agree! I don't care about Trumps personal taxes.... I will say something about Romney though.... He's one ungrateful SOB... Trump donated 100,000 to Romney, made robo calls, held fundraisers in his New York home and Romney back stabs him like this? What does that say about Romney? He's the fraud and the liar! Donald Trump Jr was asked what Donald Sr said to the family before his announcement running for President... Donald Sr said, " we will find out who our real friends are." Donald Sr was right, because Mitt Romney is certainly no friend and in my opinion used Donald for his money! People like that are not to be trusted and have no conscience! But yet Romney hides behind his religion as if he's a holier than thou man! Romney really repulses me, as I despise users and liars! We don't need people like that in politics who actually think they have power over us voters by trying to sabotage our candidate and get us to believe that Donald Trump is just this horrible person.... He wasn't so horrible when he opened up his wallet to Mitt!

  • Shirley Ferryman

    05/13/2016 09:46 AM

    Right again Huckabee!!

  • Shelby norman hope ar

    05/13/2016 12:10 AM

    I enjoy ur comments so much very much and agree with every thing u say I will vote for Trump. I so wish the men that are running were a better bunch men but they are so dumb I wonder if they made it out of the 8 th grade.

Mitt Romney is once again on the attack against Donald Trump. This time, Romney claims that if Trump won’t release his income tax forms, it will disqualify him from being President. He also suggested that the only reason for not releasing them is that there must be some “bombshell” hidden in them.

I supported Romney, just as I will Trump, despite having serious differences with both. I believe that if you’re a Republican, then you respect the voters’ choice. But I am especially disappointed in Mitt for this latest attack. He’s not only trying to sink his own party’s presumptive nominee, but he’s factually incorrect and he’s making the same unfair attack on Trump that was launched against him in 2012.

Back then, Mitt also came under fire for not releasing his tax returns swiftly enough. Harry Reid took advantage of that to deliberately lie from the Senate floor that Romney might be trying to hide his own bombshell: that he hadn’t paid any taxes in 10 years. Reid knew that accusation was a blatant falsehood, but when asked about it two years later, he expressed no regrets for his slander. Instead, Reid smirked, “He didn’t win, did he?” The only revelation to come from that story was that Harry Reid was an unrepentant liar, hardly a “bombshell” to anyone who’d been paying attention for the past 20 or so years.

I have long argued that all candidates should resist the fairly-recent demand that they release their personal tax forms. First, it is an invasion of privacy that’s not a requirement for office. The qualifications for the Presidency are clear-cut, and there are specific financial disclosure forms you must file. But no law requires a candidate to release his or her personal tax forms.

Secondly, what would the average voter learn from seeing Donald Trump’s tax returns? He obviously doesn’t do them himself. He has a platoon of accountants filling out hundreds of pages of complicated forms to comply with (and if he’s smart, avoid) our massive, baffling tax code. You’d have to be a CPA to even vaguely understand Trump’s tax return. But it’s a treasure trove for opponents to lift items out of context to make him look shady. And lest you think that’s unique to Trump, it happens to everyone.

Early in my political career, I volunteered to release all my tax returns. Why not? I had nothing to hide. If anything, I was probably too honest and paid too much tax. It sure felt like it! But I learned that honesty and good intentions don’t count for squat in politics. My opponents still twisted things out of context to try to make me look like a tax cheat. You can do that to anyone because nobody understands the tax code, not even the IRS agents in charge of enforcing it.

If Mitt Romney wants to talk about taxes while showing the world what a real Republican stands for, he should stop trying to destroy the party’s presumptive nominee and instead aim his fire at a more appropriate target: the 70,000-plus-page tax code.

Please leave me a comment below I read them!

Comments 1-5 of 32

  • Glenn Grootegoed

    05/21/2016 12:25 AM

    I don't believe Mitt caught judge Jeanine Pirro s opening comments when he came out against Mr. Trump. Basically Mr. Romney she said you have no room to talk and you should shut up and go get by you dish. Personally I think there is plenty of constructive things you could be doing, I f your not going to be part of the solutions shut up and get by your dish. I want to thank you Mr. Huckabee for you open mind from the beginning you spoke the truth and I respect that. Keep on speaking the truth we need more patriots like you good luck sir and God bless you.

  • Holly

    05/14/2016 04:50 PM

    Qualifications for the Office of President
    Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    Term limit amendment - US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 - ratified February 27, 1951

    No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

    Nowhere does it mention anything about taxes. He doesn't have to release them. It's nobody's business but his, the people who does his taxes, and the IRS. The only thing we should question is his birth place and his age.

  • Gina Mitauer

    05/13/2016 05:27 PM

    Agree! I don't care about Trumps personal taxes.... I will say something about Romney though.... He's one ungrateful SOB... Trump donated 100,000 to Romney, made robo calls, held fundraisers in his New York home and Romney back stabs him like this? What does that say about Romney? He's the fraud and the liar! Donald Trump Jr was asked what Donald Sr said to the family before his announcement running for President... Donald Sr said, " we will find out who our real friends are." Donald Sr was right, because Mitt Romney is certainly no friend and in my opinion used Donald for his money! People like that are not to be trusted and have no conscience! But yet Romney hides behind his religion as if he's a holier than thou man! Romney really repulses me, as I despise users and liars! We don't need people like that in politics who actually think they have power over us voters by trying to sabotage our candidate and get us to believe that Donald Trump is just this horrible person.... He wasn't so horrible when he opened up his wallet to Mitt!

  • Shirley Ferryman

    05/13/2016 09:46 AM

    Right again Huckabee!!

  • Shelby norman hope ar

    05/13/2016 12:10 AM

    I enjoy ur comments so much very much and agree with every thing u say I will vote for Trump. I so wish the men that are running were a better bunch men but they are so dumb I wonder if they made it out of the 8 th grade.