From an editorial in Tuesday’s (Raleigh) News & Observer:
Donald Trump initially said he would release his tax returns when ongoing audits were over. But now he seems to be digging in with that famous Trump bravado and saying his tax returns are none of the public’s business.
Only, they are the public’s business, which even Richard Nixon recognized despite his tendency to underpay. As for Trump’s audit defense, Nixon released his tax returns while they were under audit. Trump has no excuse for not releasing the returns other than his own hubris.
Hillary Clinton notes that she and her husband have released something like 33 years of tax returns. Such releases have been a 40-year tradition in American politics.
And it’s a good tradition. The American people have a right to know about the financial dealings of those who seek to lead them since a big part of that leading will involve taxes and the fairness of who pays what.
If Trump is such an upright guy compared with the opponents he has repeatedly called liars, why won’t he release his tax returns? “None of their business” isn’t going to cut it, and if Trump thinks the Clintons are going to let the matter drop ... well, he doesn’t know the Clintons very well.
As long as he delays, Trump prompts legitimate questions.