Critics of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump are calling on him to release tax returns so the public has a better idea of his financial status before voters in Super Tuesday states across the country head to the polls. One critic, pro-life Senator Ted Cruz, has a theory about why Trump has not release the prior years’ tax returns: He thinks Trump could be hiding donations to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that Republican presidential rival Donald Trump is “hiding something” by not releasing his most recent tax returns, and speculated that they may reveal ties to the Mafia or support for Planned Parenthood.
“He’s clearly hiding something,” Mr. Cruz said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“[I]t could be donations to liberal groups like Planned Parenthood. At every debate, it seems, he praises Planned Parenthood. Maybe he’s written them a bunch of checks. Or, you know, maybe there are other issues,” the Texas senator said.
According to a Fox News report, Trump has no plans to release his returns:
Trump also said he has no plans to release his tax returns, despite pressure from Cruz and Rubio, because IRS audits are ongoing.
He said he has been audited “almost every year for 10 or 12 years.”
“Maybe it’s because I’m very conservative, maybe it’s because I’m tea party. … I don’t know what it is, but I have been singled out,” Trump said. “Until the audit is completed, obviously I’m not giving my papers.”
He did say, though, that his campaign is likely to release a list of his charitable contributions “sometime in the next week.”
Though he repeated his line about supporting de-funding and opposing the abortion component of Planned Parenthood, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued defending the abortion company in the Republican presidential debate last week.
Trump stood firm in his defense of Planned Parenthood’s very few services other than abortion during Thursday night’s CNN Republican debate.
“I am pro-life, I am totally against abortion having to do with Planned Parenthood, but millions and millions of women, [with] cervical cancer, breast cancer, are helped by Planned Parenthood,” Trump said in the face of criticism from his rivals.
“You can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood who are helped greatly. I wouldn’t fund it, I’d defund it because of the abortion factor,” he added.
Recently, in what may be the last straw for some pro-life voters who support Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate once again defended his positive comments concerning the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In an interview on Meet the Press, Trump said that the women he knows who have gone to the abortion company understand it better than anyone else.
“I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it,” Trump told Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in an interview. “And they do some very good work. Cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue, women’s health issues are taken care of.”
Trump continues to claim that he opposes abortion and the abortion component of the Planned Parenthood abortion business and maintains he opposes federal taxpayer funding of the billion-dollar corporation.
“Planned Parenthood does a really good job at a lot of different areas. But not on abortion,” he said Sunday. “So I’m not going to fund it if it’s doing the abortion. I am not going to fund it.”
Earlier this month, for the first time, Trump specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Trump has repeatedly indicated he opposes Planned Parenthood funding but has always stopped short of committing to sign legislation to stop the flow of taxpayer funds to the nation’s biggest abortion business.
In a new interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise. Although his promise will go a long way towards reassuring pro-life voters he would implement specific pro-life policy on abortion as president, Trump continued to praise Planned Parenthood — following up on his “good things” and “wonderful work” comments that have turned off some pro-life voters.
Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.
In the last presidential debate, Trump feuded with Ted Cruz over the issue of Planned Parenthood funding. Cruz made the claim that Trump was a long-time supporter of abortion. Even though Trump has changed his mind and become pro-life, Cruz maintains that Trump supports taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion business.
As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.
Here are some of the headlines we’ve carried at LifeNews.com in recent months that provide further details on what Trump has said regarding Planned Parenthood funding: