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Donald Duck, a cartoon character created in 1934 by Walt Disney Productions, is a white duck with legs and webbed feet. His many ardent fans love his “semi-intelligible speech, hot-headedness and temperamental personality.”

In the early days of animation, Donald, through the magic of film, became a “reality star.” Imagine a duck who talks, beguiling the public during the dark days of the Great Depression. He joined other Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Dippy Dawg (later Pluto) while out performing his commercial rival, Warner’s Daffy Duck.

The word duck (“duhk”) is used in many ways. For instance, “to avoid or evade, as in duck the issue.” Or, “to dodge; to duck an embarrassing question.”

Republican nominee for president, “reality star” Donald Trump, a “You're fired!” TV personality, knows how to duck. Recently, on ABC’s “Good Morning America (GMA)” with host George Stephanopoulos, he was asked when he would release his tax returns. He said that he doesn't believe voters have a right to see his tax returns. Further, when asked what effective tax rate he pays, in a display of his temperamental personality, Trump said: "It's none of your business.”

Duck, Donald, run for cover!

Trump added: "But I do say this, I will really gladly give them - not going to learn anything but it's under routine audit.” While this standard answer might qualify as semi-intelligible, he attempted to clarify, “When the audit ends I'll present them. That should be before the election. I hope it's before the election." Evasive? Or does he want to make sure his “financial ducks are in a row”?

He conceded that he had previously released tax returns. Over a decade ago, when he was seeking a casino license and being audited, he released the returns. He explained, "At the time it didn't make any difference to me, now it does." Stunningly, running a casino must have more demanding criteria than running to be President of the United States.

Questions relating to presidential candidates releasing their tax returns do not go away like “water off a duck’s back.”

Questions relating to presidential candidates releasing their tax returns do not go away like “water off a duck’s back.” Just ask Mitt Romney who delayed “releasing many of his returns until September 2012...” Why? “They showed an effective tax rate that was much lower than most Americans pay.” Donald is now a sitting duck for more criticism even while refuting the observation “that voters had a right to see his returns, something that presidential nominees have provided for roughly 40 years.” Trump challenged, "I don't think they do."

Finally, Stephanopoulos elicited a seemingly final commitment from Trump, “You'll see it when I release, but I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible." Hey, ducky, as a presidential candidate, that’s lame! Trump has repeatedly faced questions about his actual worth, no telling what his tax returns might reveal.

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Another money issue revolves around campaign financing. Trump has personally loaned millions - not donated - to fuel his presidential campaign. He says it’s money he'll never get back. "I have absolutely no intention of paying myself back for the nearly $50 million I have loaned to the campaign.” (Whose auditing that figure?) The key words gathering attention are “no intention.” He has said, since the beginning of his campaign, that he is “self-funding.”

Ever the huckster, Donald uttered, “This money is a contribution made in order to Make America Great Again.”

Evasive, again, Donald. If he is conflating a loan, a donation or contribution, especially in the realm of politics, his audit may be in trouble.

Hey, Donald - duck!

There is no doubt, however, that The Donald’s campaign is in a new phase. Since defeating his GOP rivals, he now says he will fund raise in order to “build a war chest” for the 2016 presidential election. Coming on board is fellow billionaire and casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who routinely gives millions of dollars to GOP candidates.

All the Donald needs now is a third billionaire. Perhaps, with three on board, they can scrape together enough money for them to star in a remake of the famous Marx Bros. comedic masterpiece “Duck Soup.”

Trump has given many reasons why he wouldn't release his taxes over the years. In 2011, when he first thought of being a candidate, Trump said he would release his tax returns when President Barack Obama released his birth certificate. In April of that year, Obama made his birth certificate public . Trump announced a few weeks later that he would not run for president.

A hot-headed 1934 animated reality star and a 2016 hot-headed reality star running for president. While both of these celebrities are entertaining, neither is qualified to be president.


Go ahead, Donald, release them. Or, would you be a dead duck?

Carl Matthes