Denying, defending and numb: Voters not moved by Trump taxes
October 5, 2020
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Danielle Fairbank closed the tailgate of her fire-engine red pickup truck in a Target parking lot in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and offered a hearty "Fake news!" to dismiss reports that President Donald Trump paid only $750 in income taxes in 2017.
The assembly worker at a nearby military vehicle plant just as swiftly brushed aside the notion that Trump's tiny tax bill put him out of touch with blue-collar workers like herself. Her job — which she's held throughout the recession and pandemic — is proof to her that the billionaire president is on the side of the working-class.
"I know in my heart he's doing more for this economy, for people like me and for me personally, than anyone is giving him credit," Fairbank said. "That stuff is made up, and it would have come out by now if it were true."