Trump’s attacks on Amazon’s taxes are embarrassingly wrong. What does that say about his tax plan?

Donald Trump Tax Plan

Since the beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump has stood behind his understanding of the economy and taxes as a powerful selling point for his abilities to be President. He may be uneducated about foreign policy and many of his proposed solutions are ludicrous, but the billionaire is rich and therefore an expert on the economics of the country including taxes. As it turns out, not so much…

Reactions to his latest Twitter tirade directed towards Jeff Bezos, Amazon, and the Washington Post have ranged from laughter and raised eyebrows to bewilderment and direct attacks. First, here are his Tweets:

Here’s the problem. Amazon doesn’t own the Washington Post. Bezos does. It is not even remotely possible by any basic understanding of how the tax code works that Amazon could use it as a “Big tax shelter” as Trump claims. This isn’t the type of gaffe that someone running for city council should make, let alone someone who will have an influence over the tax code of the United States of America.

Some economists and financial journalists are responding. Unfortunately, they do not have the same reach as Trump.

There are two major problems with this. The obvious problem is that Trump tends to have a “ready, fire, aim” approach to both politics and his public presence. The less-obvious problem is that his instability when an entity such as the Washington Post gets under his paper-thin skin, he lashes out like a teenager.

His adoring fanboys and fangirls will dismiss this, of course. They aren’t looking at his words, actions, policies, or promises through a lens of reality. Instead, they see him as a little less clueless about running a country than they are, only with the added benefit of being entertaining along the way.

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