The 2005 tax return could have been an anomaly. Maybe Trump doesn’t pay this much in taxes normally. Or, maybe he usually pays more. Who knows! Either way, this story has created the appearance that Trump does in fact make a lot of money, and he pays millions in taxes.
For the next news cycle, we’re likely to see this story dominate, giving Trump some breathing room as the media had been laser focused on the GOP health-care bill’s flaws.
On Maddow’s show, Johnston suggested that Trump may have sent the tax returns to him. It seemed like an odd thing to say. But, when you look at how this is really good for Trump, maybe it’s not so crazy after all.