Leave it to the Trump cheerleading squad on Fox News’ Outnumbered to help distract from Donald Trump’s tax return evasion by attacking Mitt Romney.
The “fair and balanced” Ladies Of The Couch all had the same pro-Trump opinion as they discussed Romney’s call for Trump to release his tax returns in the most pro-Trump way.
First, cohost Sandra Smith played a clip of Romney from yesterday’s Your World appearance:
I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes.
…I think there’s something there. Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s been doing.
She conveniently left out the part where Romney also said, “And the reason that I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays and says, 'Well, we’re working on it.'”
Romney was not imagining that Trump has dodged and delayed. As Mediaite has noted, Trump thought it would be “a great thing” in 2012 to release his tax returns if he ran for president because “you can show that you’ve been successful and that you’ve made a lot of money and you’ve employed a lot of people.” A year ago, Trump said he would “’certainly’ release his tax returns if he ran for president.
Yet there was time for Trump’s tweeted response:
Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!
Faux liberal (and Trump lover) Eboni Williams conveniently overlooked the questions about honesty, whether Trump is really as wealthy as he claims and whether he puts his money where his mouth is - in favor of playing pro-Trump politics:
WILLIAMS: You know what, Sandra? This is the kind of thing that Donald Trump lives for, right? I mean, an endorsement from Governor Romney - Trump needed like he needs a hole in his head. Because this comes back to this loser/winner narrative, it’s so simple but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. He’s smiling, he’s like, “This is great. You’re the loser and guess what? I’m the winner.”
Smith did likewise. “What’s the strategy here?” she asked. She claimed that “everybody’s scratching their heads when Mitt Romney said this.” Then she suggested that it doesn’t matter whether Trump has exaggerated his wealth. She asked, dismissively, “What are we talking about? That he makes less than he says he does?”
Cohost Andrea “Punch” Tantaros echoed Trump by attacking Romney. “I can’t believe that Mitt Romney would go there,” she sneered, because he was using the same tactic used against him in 2012. "Are you kidding me? No one cares about what Mitt Romney thinks, number one. Number two, he was a loser, he wasn’t a conservative.”
Trump – who whines about being treated unfairly by Fox – couldn’t have been happier.
By the way, I believe this is Williams' first appearance as an Outnumbered cohost but just like her colleagues, she just happened to wear a short dress and keep her legs crossed so that it hiked up.
Watch it below, from the February 25 Outnumbered.
And no one is scratching their heads over this one. It is clear that Romney is going after Trump on behalf of the Republican establishment. That’s the real story here, and the one that Fox would rather not tell their viewers.