By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump cancelling taxes for wealthy people, according to his son, Eric Trump, is fake news. A hyper-partisan web site Democratic Moms picked up the fake story that Eric Trump stated his father planned to “cancel” taxes on wealthy people. However, there is no truth to that as today is the deadline to file taxes.
Where did this fake story originate? On April 16, 2017 Politicalo.com published the article suggesting that Eric Trump claimed his father was going to discontinue taxation on wealthy Americans, thereby rendering debate over the elder Trump’s tax returns irrelevant. You can read text from that fake news article below.
“As always, his son Eric was there to provide a helping hand in defending his father. During an brief phone interview with KYXL Radio based out of Orlando, Florida, President Trump’s second son argued that his father’s tax return is “irrelevant,” largely because “he knows all there is to know about following the letter of the law, especially when it comes to paying taxes.” He said, “When you come from a background like the one my father comes from, you have to know all there is about paying taxes and doing your part to make this country a better place.”
Eric continued, “And while we’re on the subject, I kind of have to say, it’s funny how taxes work. They sort of punish the hardest working and most productive members of our society while taking nothing from those who would rather be lazy and beg on the streets. That’s kind of not fair. What he have here is a system that flat out punishes those who want to contribute and make their lives better and at the same time, rewards those who want to be nothing more than dead weight. The worst part is, I’m not saying something that’s revolutionary here; this system has been in place ever since the country was established. My father, regardless of the fact that he’s president, is just one person out of millions of those who are capable enough to be successful but are simultaneously struck down by our tax system. That’s a catastrophe … At the end of the day, it’s irrelevant whether my father choses to disclose his tax return or not. It won’t matter soon anyway”
However, there is no truth to the above story. Although Newslo is often identified as fake news by social media users, the claim was picked up by the hyper-partisan web site Democratic Moms and spread with fewer obvious red flags.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media.
Eric Trump: “My Father’s Tax Return Is Irrelevant Because We’re Going To Cancel Taxes For WEALTHY People Anyway.” https://t.co/pB1vDOFavM
— Nance (@solusnan1) April 18, 2017
That will go over bigly! Idiot! https://t.co/kVnGD2kEcC
— Merlin’s Mom ✨ (@mersmom8) April 17, 2017
“My dad’s taxes r irrelevant b/c we’re going2 cancel taxes4 wealthy pple anyway”says ERIC TRUMP-Apple doesn’t fall far from tree. Go to the full article.