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.

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  • 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.

  • Roberta Duke Martin

    05/12/2016 11:25 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, Sir, I am so grateful for your presence and input in this muddled age in which we live! Thank you for all your comments, thoughts, and wisdom that you impart to us on a daily basis. With people like you active on the national level, you are a voice of wisdom to the rest of us, who have been on the road of life for quite awhile. Thank you for all your efforts! Like my old grandmother from Oklahma used to say, "we can't quit, we just have to keep on keepin' on."

  • Jake Cooper

    05/12/2016 07:57 PM

    IMHO, Mike Huckabee loves America more than any other candidate on either side of the aisle. Mike continues to show maturity, common sense and honesty. Thank you sir for your candidness and maturity. You are a role model sir!

  • Lisa Anderson

    05/12/2016 07:16 PM

    I'm a CPA and used to do "rich guy taxes" I agree there isn't anything in them that would help decide if someone would be a good president. I am so disappointed in Mitt Romney. When he ran I defended him regarding his taxes, against the charge he was a RINO, a liberal, wasn't really pro life etc. now he is trying the same silly and specious arguments used against him to demean Trump. What is wrong with him (and Goldberg and Shapiro and Beck and Matt Walsh?) they are helping destroy our country by assisting Hillary win

  • rebecca geegee

    05/12/2016 06:05 PM

    Ty Mr Huckabee. We welcome your support. You are a true gentlemen...

  • Liz Wrennall

    05/12/2016 05:07 PM

    Romney obviously isn't spending enough time in church! He needs to sit down and shut up, unless he's going to start helping the party but right now he's just hurting unity and causing grief. 98% of American Voters "Don't Care" about tax returns. Actions speak louder than words and he should keep that in mind. I greatly appreciate your knowledge and look forward to hearing your opinion on many things. You're a great man in my book :)

  • Ronda Arnold

    05/12/2016 04:09 PM

    I could write a lot more but just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you for your Chritian values and keeping us informed on many things. I believe our country has been in the darkest times morally for the last few years than ever. But I'm encouraged every time I read your post that there are people who will stand for what's right and God will bless a nation that doesn't forget him. A fellow Arkansan!!! ??

  • Bob Beights

    05/12/2016 02:35 PM

    I am trying to understand why. I think that the only reason Paul Ryan is not supporting Trump is because of Romney. I have never in my life and I might ad I am an old man seen such of a mess in the Republican Party as this. You can rest assured that if it does not stop the democrats will win. Why does the speaker need to kiss this election if the people want him

  • Terri Rudy

    05/12/2016 02:35 PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for making sense of this whole political process for us!
    Truth vs. Lies and for giving us the correct "bottom line". God bless you!!

  • Patricia D. Cunningham

    05/12/2016 02:17 PM

    Thank you Mike H.! You are very wise and use common sense! You are so down to earth and I look forward to seeing you alongside Donald Trump, our next POTUS,

  • Emma Durham

    05/12/2016 02:11 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, you are truly a gentleman and our family has great respect for you and your policies. The statements made are absolutely true and we agree. As life long registered Republicans, always voted In elections, we can't believe how much we've learned due to Mr. Trump's Presidential run. He has exposed so much corruption in the GOP and citizens have found out it's all about the power, big money and status. Mitt Romney should focus on other things - this election Is NOT about him and we don't want to see him and could care less about what he has to say! He's a "has been," we voted for him because he was the nominee even though we didn't like him and he lost - he needs to "get over it!" We hope Mr. Trump don't release his tax returns because that's one of the reasons we support him - he's his own man and it's not mandatory. Thank you, Mike Huckabee, for always being honest and true to yourself, that's rare in politics and that's why we love you.

  • Gabrie Slavescu

    05/12/2016 02:10 PM

    I agree with 100 percent , it is an ivasion of privacy and definitely not a requirement for office but in all honesty even if Trump was under the poverty line I would still vote for him

  • Joseph Bryant

    05/12/2016 01:57 PM

    As a CPA, I can tell you that a tax return can be very complicated and Donald's will show us what we knew already: his return will be too complex to understand. Matt's made my eyes glaze over. There will be more supporting schedules than any of us have ever seen in our lives. He has already submitted the required forms and I hope he sets a new precedent of declining to release them.

  • Linda Rayborn

    05/12/2016 01:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee, You are so "right on" with this analysis!! Mitt Romney has never been his own man, always under the thumb of the "establishment". This is why even though he was very qualified to be president, he couldn't get elected. He gave off a very inauthentic persona and nothing turns voters off more than a phony. Sure Trump is brash, harsh, and downright rude sometimes, but at least he is his own man. I prefer a candidate with calm strength and impeccable character, but maybe I'll get him as Trump's vp....that's what Im' counting on, because if there's one thing Trump is good at, it's making a good deal and you as vp is as good a deal as he can get!!

  • Atul Ghelani

    05/12/2016 01:41 PM

    It stands to reason that the Party must be confident that there is no bombshell. They don't want to risk that with their nominee.
    The fact that the tax returns are not required by law has nothing to do with what the party might require of their nominee.
    The party does not belong to the government.

  • Patricia Winter

    05/12/2016 01:39 PM

    Mitt had his chance to speak up at the last debate with Obama. WHY didn't he get heated up about Benghazi? He could of really nailed him. Now he gets angry and throws insults at Trump. I think it sounds like sour grapes to me. Does he really want Hillary to be President!!! What's with him anyway!

  • Mike Grayson

    05/12/2016 01:28 PM

    I agree with you 100%. No good deed goes unpunished, and if Donald releases his tax returns it will result in an unending new cycle of entries taken out of context. Who in their right mind would want to do that?

    Mitt needs to take it down a couple of notches.

  • Roger Slack

    05/12/2016 12:56 PM

    Right on Gov.
    Truth has stumbled in the street and spin is everywhere.

  • Matt Mardanov

    05/12/2016 12:47 PM

    Mitt Romney offended like a little girl that Trump told the truth. Trump said: "Romney blew 2012 election." Many people were hopeful that he would defeat Obama. Instead, he avoided sharp issues and TV appearances. Hid himself from people. Romney does not like the truth about himself. Now his stance is about himself, not about GOP and country. His motive is: I did not win, so must do Trump. His blood is churning inside him, cannot find a place to put himself. He has to see psychiatrist sooner than later.

  • Dana Proudfoot

    05/12/2016 12:30 PM

    You are such a wise man. I hope Trump has a spot for you in his cabinet. And I don't believe Trump should release his tax returns. It is not a requirement to run for President, so Romney, who has absolutely NO authority...or significance, for that matter, demanding that Trump release his returns is preposterous!

  • Lynn Lake

    05/12/2016 12:28 PM

    Couldn't agree more..anyone who's been audited understands Trumps stance. The tax code is the bane of this country, what a farce....starting from scratch sounds like a good idea!

  • Mary Dearing

    05/12/2016 12:24 PM

    I agree with you... By Romney fighting against Trump, it's like he is trying to give the election to the demosocialists. Wonder if George Soro has Mitt in his evil pocket?

  • Harriett Sims

    05/12/2016 12:24 PM

    I am a fan of yours Mr. Huckabee and agree with you. Cannot stand Mitt, he is such a liar and traitor to his own party. He lost and cannot get over the fact he is no longer wanted or needed in our party. Stay home Mitt, and shut up.

  • Joyce M Gish

    05/12/2016 12:23 PM

    I agree. This is just an attempt to muddy the waters. The people have spoken. When will the "politicians" learn to listen to the people! Not listening has put us in a mess of trouble.

  • Bobbi Hatfield

    05/12/2016 12:23 PM

    You're absolutely right about tax returns not being a qualification for being a POTUS. It's time for it to stop. I don't understand Mr. Romney's need to slam Donald Trump. It does make me suspicious of Mr. Romney's motive....just what is HE trying to hide. As we all know, Mr. Trump is not perfect (he certainly could use some lessons in Charm School), but he does, I believe, have our best interests in his heart and in his mind. I want our country back. And I think the only one who can do the job is Mr. Trump. Frankly I don't know why Hillary isn't in prison and Bernie isn't in the psycho ward. By the way, I love reading all of your remarks on FB. You ALWAYS get to the heart of the matter in the clearest way. Keep up the good work!

  • Patricia Ycre

    05/12/2016 12:21 PM

    I agree with you. I hope you are being considered for his running-mate. You would bring some stability to his team. I love Donald Trump, he just needs some reinforcement.

  • Sheila Vives

    05/12/2016 12:19 PM

    I do agree that the release of tax forms is an invasion of privacy. I do believe though that is someone is going to enter the Presidency and hold other people accountable for obeying certain laws, they should first have to prove they have obeyed those laws themselves.

  • Mike Gillie

    05/12/2016 12:00 PM

    Great Article Mike! I agree, who cares about his tax return, and why should anyone else care? If I was Trump I would tell them to shove it! Its personal and not required to do so!