Reacting to the Times’ disclosure over the weekend that a near $1 billion loss reported by Trump in 1995 could have allowed him to legally avoid paying income tax for as many as 18 years, Lewandowski said he hoped the GOP presidential nominee sues the newspaper “into oblivion,” Media Matters reported.
The conversation on CNN’s “New Day” began when co-host Alisyn Camerota asked Lewandowski how voters would process the idea that Trump possibly did not pay income tax for nearly two decades.
Lewandowski questioned the authenticity of the tax documents, but was reminded that the preparer confirmed their authenticity. He questioned the legality of the Times publishing the return, while Camerota shot back that it is legal if considered of national importance.
“There is no national security interest to Donald Trump’s tax returns, that’s a fact, and The New York Times should be held accountable,” he said. “And I hope he sues them into oblivion for doing this, because if the fact remains ― if it comes out that these aren’t accurate, where’s the recourse?”
Watch the exchange above.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.