Will the New York Times taxes report sink Donald Trump
From the moment he rode down an escalator in the marble-clad, gold-trimmed Trump Tower to declare his candidacy for US president, Donald Trump was selling himself as a successful businessman who could run a successful economy. It was an image cultivated with voters for a decade on The Apprentice, the reality TV show in which Trump sat in judgment on aspiring entrepreneurs and told most: “You’re fired!”On Sunday the mask was finally torn off. According to a blockbuster New York Times investigation into his taxes, the self-proclaimed billionaire, a personification of the hedonism and extravagance of the 1980s, has been losing more money than he makes. These are the three key points of the Times report:Trump is not very good at businessTrump is very good at avoiding taxesTrump may have serious conflicts of interests with foreign powersWill any of it have a major impact on his reelection chances? Up to a point.