Donald Trump fired back at Jeff Bezos saying he’s using the Washington Post to gain power and shield Amazon from taxes and anti-trust regulation. And he may be right. This comes a day after it was revealed that Washington Post has a team of 20 reporters dedicated to digging up dirt that could damage Trump’s campaign and keep him from the White House.
“Every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post asking ridiculous questions,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “And I will tell you, this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos … Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He’s using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.”
Trump was responding to Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward’s disclosure that the newspaper has assigned 20 reporters to investigate the real estate mogul’s life.
“We’re going to do a book, we’re doing articles about every phase of his life,” Woodward told the National Association of Realtors convention Wednesday. The veteran reporter, best known for investigating the Watergate break-in that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, said he had begun investigating Trump’s real estate deals in New York, which he called “more complex than the CIA.”
This was not a new line of attack for Trump, who has been talking about Amazon’s tax avoidance since last year.
Trump Tells Hannity Bezos Using Washington Post To Manipulate Election
It’s certainly true that Amazon has spent years and many millions of dollars trying to avoid paying sales taxes. There are good arguments on both sides of that. But Amazon has other tax and anti-trust issues that Trump is bringing up. And Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post was not charity. As a financial investment it doesn’t make sense – the Post doesn’t make much money. That’s why the Graham family sold it.
But as an agent of influence it’s worth is beyond measure. They used to call The Wall Street Journal “the daily diary of the American Dream.” The Washington Post is, if anything, the in-house newsletter of America’s government overlords – which explains why a controversial billionaire like Jeff Bezos would want to own it.