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Drag Race royalty Jujubee shades Trump’s pitiful tax bill while urging fans to sensually walk to cast a sensible vote

Josh Milton September 29, 2020
Drag Race star Jujubee delivered a slide broadside against Donald Trump's tax returns. (Getty)

Drag Race star Jujubee delivered a slide broadside against Donald Trump's tax returns. (Getty)

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jujubee, who invented Fahrenheit as a temperature scale so she could flirt with Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, trolled Donald Trump and his taxes, or lack thereof, in the best way.

In the trove of Trump’s tax returns, New York Times reporters found that the president has concealed decades of financial failure, often plugging the gaping holes in his straggling finances with The Apprentice brand deals and stock options.

After all, how else can the president of the United States afford the $70,000 it takes to style his, er, “hair”.

But tucked with the enormous twists and turns of the tax documents was the fact that the 74-year-old has only paid some $750 on federal income taxes. Yikes.

Jujubee needled Trump’s threadbare tax returns on Twitter Monday morning (28 September) with a meme that referenced the loveable queen’s iconic “a sensible 74” line from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5.

During Snatch Game, when asked by guest judge Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman how she would keep him warm at night, Jujubee, impersonating the late Eartha Kitt, replied: “I would walk sensually over to the thermostat.

“And then turn the thermostat up to a sensible 74.”

In an Instagram post sharing the same meme, she captioned it: “I will sensually walk to the polls and cast a sensible vote this 3 November, 2020.

“Will you?”

And it’s safe to that in sensually walking over to her phone and sensibly hitting the ‘send tweet’ button, her 370,800 followers thought it was, well, a sensible approach to Trump’s moth-eaten financial record.

Donald Trump’s tax rebate could have covered the cost of trans healthcare to the military. Three times. 

In 2017, Trump announced a ban on trans people serving openly in the US military, claiming it needed to focus on “decisive and overwhelming victory” without being burdened by the “tremendous medical costs” of trans personnel.

But Trump’s tactful tax avoidance in paying just $750 a year in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, and no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years, amounts to a $72.9 million tax refund.

That’s around $7.29 million per year, a figure at the centre of a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service, the federal agency which deals with taxpayer services.

Meanwhile, the US military spent $2.6 million annually on trans healthcare between 2016 and 2019 – less than one per cent of its total health budget.

This means Trump’s disputed tax rebate could have covered the cost almost three times over.

More: Donald Trump, Drag Race, Jujubee, presidential election 2020, rupaul, RuPaul's Drag Race, tax

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