Billionaire Brawl: Warren Buffett Calls Out Trump Over Tax Returns

Billionaire Brawl: Warren Buffett Calls Out Trump Over Tax Returns

It’s a billionaire brawl!

Rich man Warren Buffett slammed rich man Donald Trump on Monday night over Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. Buffett, who, like Trump, is also under audit, told a crowd at a Hillary Clinton rally in his hometown of Omaha that he’d happily have a “tax return off” with the GOP nominee. He evened dropped an “Any place, any time.” (He got this part backwards but we’ll cut him some slack.)

From The Hill:

“I’d be delighted to meet him any place, any time between now and election,” Buffett said. “And let people ask us questions about the items on there.”

Trump has received scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans for refusing to release his tax returns, something that candidates have historically done while running for president.

Clinton has released more than 30 years of her returns.

“How many of you afraid to make tax returns public?” Buffett asked. “You’re only afraid if you have something to be afraid about.”

“He’s not afraid because of … the IRS,” he added. “He’s afraid of you.”

Trump has not been a welcome figure at the billionaire’s table recently. On Saturday, Dallas Mavericks owner and other billionaire reality star Mark Cuban, who once considered Trump a “good thing for politics,” endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Trump a jagoff.

From FOX 4:

“Leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating,” Cuban said. “You know what we call a person like that in Pittsburgh? A jagoff. Is there any bigger jagoff in the world than Donald Trump?”

Jagoff, a Pittsburgh-ian term, directly translates to “man who unapologetically orders a salad at Primanti Brothers.”

Buffett, the most reserved celebrity billionaire in the bunch, basically called Trump a meager coward. The implication, as it always is, is that Trump is worth far less than he pretends to be. Releasing his tax returns would open him up to a brutal shaming from the American public for being worth like $800M instead of $10B. That’s not good for the Trump brand.

Will any of this criticism make an impact on Trump? Of course not. It’s all for clicks and tweets. But of all the political nonsense we’ve experienced this election year, my favorite clashes are when the billionaires go at it. Billionaire tough talk will always be the best kind of tough talk.

[via The Hill]

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