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The final collapse of Trump’s oldest political lie

By Philip Bump

21 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Washington Post columnist Philip Bump gives us his two key takeaways from the decade-long saga concerning Donald Trump's tax returns. Neither of them paint the former president in a positive light.

It began more than a decade ago.

In 2011, Donald Trump began - not for the first time - to rumble about possibly seeking the presidency. He didn't have a campaign platform, as such, instead using the possibility of a bid to attract attention and vice versa. The political cause on which his effort was centered came (as was also the case four years later) from the fringe of the conservative media world: questioning Barack Obama's birthplace.

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