But even incumbents are owed at least some privacy regarding their personal lives.
#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-08 11:43 PM
Sorry JeffJ, but this issue is NOT about his (or anyone else's) personal life, even as important as that issue also is, in and of itself, for example as subject to blackmail, just like "financial life." which I think we saw the glimpse of in Stormy Daniels, etc, as well as Hillary's husband Bill and the allegations of rape(s) that, ironically, Trump brought during campaign of 2016.
The thing is, the tax returns were important, for example when NYT published the expose about Donald not being a "self-made billionaire" or that he lost more money than anyone in the country during the years when he boasted of being an excellent businessman and negotiator - that may have made some people (who aren't ewntirely brainwashed or just super-partisan and who either didn't know these during election or decided to ignore this because most people who gave their votes to Trump just voted "against Hillary" or those people who may not have paid attention to campaigns because they weren't eligible to vote then, but will be this time) question his business acumen, history and decision-making - much of that info came from his tax returns.
The fact is that had The Candidate Trump been forced to file his tax return we most likely wouldn't have The Candidate Trump and someone else from the GOP would face Hillary in "the finals". So the issue is just as important now as it was then, and as it will be in the future.
SheepleSchism wants to reduce the issue to the "political" side, not the factual one - Oh, this is just a "keep away" game (another version of stupid "3D chess" meme) and the political genius of Trump is just messing with you - this "explanation" is just as stupid as the "under IRS audit" one, but I guess that one they can't even attempt to use anymore with a half-crooked face.
"People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook" and may possibly be subject to blackmail or be working for foreign government or just in his own interest instead of theirs - and past tax returns, as we already have seen, could shed bright light on that now, just as it would then, provided Trump would run if it were a requirement.
Some people also might have been interested to know about his associations and dealings with the mob and with Jeffrey Epstein, and the affairs with Stormy and others which he went to great length to hide just like his tax returns (unless he just "wanted to spare" Melania like Bill Clinton was hiding Monica and others to "spare" Hillary) so those kind of things, if true, should not be just covered under "personal life" - transparency IS just as important now as it was then.
Don't dismiss the value of financial and private life information obtained currently (or in the relevant future) jsut because people didn't get to have it before 2016 election.