Donald Trump is still the de facto leader of the Republican Party, no matter if the Republican Party likes it or not.
This is the simple truth of the matter, as The Don continues to wield a mighty sway over the enthusiastic and vocal MAGA wing of the GOP.
This means that, even while he’s not in office, he is rather adept at steering the party. This week proved that once again.
On Tuesday, the Democrat-led House Means and Ways Committee voted along party lines to release Trump’s tax returns. Within hours, it published data from Trump’s 2015-2020 returns. The Committee obtained the documents through an appeals court ruling that ordered Trump to turn them over following a years-long legal battle. The 45th president had filed a request with the Supreme Court to block the ruling, but it was denied last month.
Trump, the lone Republican candidate thus far in the 2024 GOP primary field, blasted the “radical Democrats” on Friday for the move, asserting that it is “an outrageous abuse of power” and that the documents only show how successful he has been.
The former President was peeved.
“There is no legitimate legislative purpose for their action, and if you look at what they’ve done, it’s so sad for our country,” he said after calling the situation “unconstitutional.” “It’s nothing but another deranged political witch-hunt, which has been going on from the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower.”
“Although these tax returns contain relatively little information and not information that almost anybody would understand — they’re extremely complex — the radical Democrats’ behavior is a shame upon the U.S. Congress,” Trump added before calling on Republicans in the next Congress to pursue Biden’s financial records.
This sort of tit-for-tat politicking has become the norm in Washington, thanks in no small part to the liberal leanings of the mainstream media and their divisive need for conflict.