Where’s the outrage?

On Oct. 2, The New York Times released a report detailing President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement in a widespread tax evasion scam involving the massive fortune of his parents, Fred and Anne Trump.

According to the report, Donald and his siblings “set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more.”

Furthermore, it appears Fred Trump loaned his son today’s equivalent of $140 million – much of which was never repaid. So much for a “small” loan of $1 million for “self-made” Donald Trump, huh?

In the wake of the story, which included extensive documentation to back up the claims made in the article, there seems to be little interest from the American public. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is investigating, but there have been no plaintive cries for the President to release his records.

The President of the United States has been reasonably implicated in a tax evasion scheme amounting to millions and millions of dollars.

Where is our collective outrage?

This should be on every news channel. There should be discussions in our bodies of legislation, even just in everyday water cooler talk. There should be think-pieces and public demonstrations.

For the Trumpsters, mad at corporations and politicians for lying to hard-working Americans – why aren’t you upset that his “small” loan of one million dollars was nothing of the sort?

Why aren’t you upset that he robbed the country he now represents of millions of dollars in tax revenue?

Our president has been cagey since the election about releasing his tax returns and financial records, and this alleged fraud is perhaps the smoking gun he was trying so desperately to conceal.

However, this is seemingly just another bump in the road of Trump scandals that haven’t rocked The White House.

In the past, politicians have been made to answer for much lesser controversies than this, even at the coaxing of Trump himself.

He bullied former President Barack Obama into releasing his birth certificate during the “birther” movement. He egged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren into releasing personal documents detailing her ancestry. So why can’t Trump himself release his tax returns detailing his financial records if they’re as legal as he claims?

It isn’t an unreasonable request. The majority of major-party presidential candidates going back 40 years have released their tax returns to some extent.

But, all of this doesn’t matter to Trump’s fanbase – or the Republican party for that matter – because regardless of what our president does, there is rarely ever a line drawn in the sand. The political environment of the day has led people to staunchly align themselves with one side or the other – the right or the left, Democrats or Republicans – and rarely do we see dissent among the ranks.

It’s become party over country, party over law, party over ethics, party over everything – a dangerous precedent to set when our world does not exist in shades of red or blue.

Why is it not country – or even just neighbor – over party. There seems to be an overwhelming sense that our fellow citizens are none of our concern and that our energy is better spent rallying behind a political candidate, regardless of the scandal or illegal behavior piling up behind them.

We’ve become blinded and desensitized to repeated scandal unless that scandal can be used to tear down the other party.

Regardless of our political affiliations, we should hold the Oval Office to a higher standard. The president should not be someone who blatantly disregards the law and disrespects the American public.

The news of Trump’s alleged tax evasion may not surprise or bother many, but as American citizens we should be holding our politicians to a higher standard and demand from them the transparency and honesty.

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