Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was hammered Monday during a town hall while defending President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, even as other Republicans have begun supporting efforts to force the President to release his returns.
Cotton was addressing voter’s assertion that Trump’s tax returns would expose his overseas interests. His response didn’t go well.
“As far as your points about his relationships overseas, I would just make two replies,” the Arkansas Republican said. “Every federal officeholder, every candidate for office files a financial disclosure statement that shows your assets and your liabilities and second, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to find out where Donald Trump has connections overseas. He normally puts his name on buildings where he has them,” Cotton said Monday at a town hall in Little Rock, to loud boos from the audience.
Cotton has been a consistent defender of Trump on the hot-button issue. His support for Trump’s refusal to release the returns led an exasperated attendee at his February 22 town hall to say, “The former president showed us his birth certificate! My God.”
Several Republicans facing irate town hall crowds have said that Trump should release his returns.
“Absolutely, Donald Trump should release his tax returns,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, a first-term congressman from the Sunshine State’s panhandle, told a town hall in February.
Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has become a unifying issue on the left, with rowdy town hall crowds routinely chanting “Tax returns!” whenever the issue is brought up —a hint at the central role Trump’s tax returns have taken in the continuing investigations into Russia’s meddling with US elections.
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