There has been no shortage in coverage of Donald Trump’s many slip-ups on the campaign trail, lack of presidential qualifications, and at times outright appalling behavior. As far as election cycles go, this has definitely been one of the more eventful years based on various news stories and candidate back stories that have arisen from week to week. One of the major stories, although not as salacious as Trump’s plans to build a border wall or deport every Muslim if elected, is his refusal to release his tax returns for public perusal. According to Trump, this is due to an ongoing audit of his returns, but multiple people have asserted that an audit is not an excuse and that tax information can be shared even while under review by the IRS.
Some in the Republican party, most notably Ted Cruz, openly speculated that Trump’s failure to share his taxes on the campaign trail is due to the fact that they would explicitly connect him to notorious organizations like the Genovese Crime Family led by Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno (who died in prison in 1992). Cruz’ guess about the Donald’s taxes was mostly a last-ditch effort to halt his competitor’s momentum than any sort of specific report (although he did cite some trusted sources), but his allegations didn’t exactly ring false. Now, a comprehensive report by Politico offers up more than a small amount of evidence that Donald Trump, someone who is one day of voting away from being the leader of the free world for at least four years, worked directly with Genovese crime boss Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno.