In 2012, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was hounded by calls to release his tax returns which, his critics contended, which would prove once-and-for-all just how money much he had, and how little he paid back to the government. After a brutal loss in the South Carolina Republican primary, Romney did finally release his returns—just two years-worth—but it was largely seen as too little, too late. The narrative of him being an ivory tower gazillionaire with something to hide had taken hold in the public's imagination, and continued to dog him until election day, and beyond.
Fast forward to today.
Like his predecessor, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump—who actually does live in an ivory tower (well, a gold one)—seems committed to choosing obfuscation over transparency when it comes to his own taxes. While the billionaire hotelier has filed two personal financial disclosures, he has dodged all requests to make public any actual tax forms, telling the Associated Press there's "nothing to learn" from the official documents. Hillary Clinton (among others, including Mitt Romney) begs to differ.
Tuesday evening, the Democratic frontrunner released another Snapchat barrage on Trump, citing a thirty-year precedent of candidates' tax disclosures, and offering a few theories why the ordinarily braggadocios mogul might suddenly be so shy.
Do Snapchat users care about tax returns? It remains to be seen.
There are still 173 days until the election.