How The Donald Trump Tax Story Inspired A Rad ’90s Nostalgia Trend

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On Saturday, The New York Times revealed that, based on a copy of Donald Trump's 1995 tax return sent anonymously to the paper, the Republican presidential candidate declared a $916 million loss for the year. According to experts, that would mean the real estate mogul wouldn't have had to pay income taxes for the 18 years that followed. The article has prompted a defensive reaction from his camp, some not-too-surprised posts from Hillary Clinton's campaign, and, much to our delight, a hilarious '90s nostalgia meme trending on Twitter. As far as official responses from the two candidates, Trump decided to parlay it into a win by writing, "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #failing @nytimes," Trump responded on Twitter Sunday morning.
Clinton's camp posted a response continuing to criticize her opponent's practice of "stiffing" the small businesses that worked for him while avoiding taxes.
Among her supporters, there were some who noted how Trump immediately turned the story into something to brag about.
Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama, picked up on how the loss reflects on Trump's business acumen.
Others wanted to dig into the mystery of who had leaked this tax return in the first place.
Nothing made us prouder of the internet, however, than the #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes meme that hit all of our sweet spots — '90s TV, O. J. Simpson, and Destiny's Child.

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