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Donald Trump is Bad at Everything (tax edition)

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Again, the problem is the Republican Party, not Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell is an infinitely more damaging politician than Donald Trump will ever be, and he was there decades before Trump and will be there after Trump. Liberals need to stop assuming this country’s problems will be solved by exposing Trump for the two-bit hack failure, sexual predator, white supremacist, buffoonish incompetent, etc. that he is. They won’t be. Removing him from office will not save us. He’s the most unpolished shitbag version of what the Republican Party as a total entity represents.

That said, that’s all prelude to the details of this story about just how shitty Donald Trump is at the one thing besides pussy-grabbing he’s most famous for claiming to be good at.

Mr. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.

The data — printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. Though the information does not cover the tax years at the center of an escalating battle between the Trump administration and Congress, it traces the most tumultuous chapter in a long business career — an era of fevered acquisition and spectacular collapse.

The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners. His core business losses in 1990 and 1991 — more than $250 million each year — were more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.

Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years. It is not known whether the I.R.S. later required changes after audits.

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