Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speculated on Sunday that Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns because they show he has strong ties to the mob.
“Maybe it is the case that Donald, there have been multiple media reports about Donald's business dealings with the mob, with the mafia. Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported,” Cruz told "Meet The Press."
A semi-taken-aback Chuck Todd asked Cruz if he had any basis to suggest Trump has mob ties.
“Oh sure,” Cruz replied. “ABC, CNN, multiple news reports have reported about his some dealings with, for example, S&A Construction, which was owned by 'Fat Tony' Salerno, who is a mobster who is in jail. It is owned by two of the major New York crime families. And that has been reported in multiple media outlets.”
Trump has, indeed, been slow to release his tax returns. And he has blamed the delay to the fact that he is currently under audit.
His ties to the mob have been mentioned for a while now, and they stem largely from deals that he did in Atlantic City. But those were back in the 1980s. The mob isn’t nearly as powerful now. And it would seem quite illogical that Trump would reveal any ties in his tax returns, of all places (though, I suppose, we should wait and see). rumt
For the record, Cruz has released only partial summaries of his tax returns.
Editor's Note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.