Former South Carolina governor and US Rep. Mark Sanford is calling on Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Sanford wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Sunday headlined “I Support You, Donald Trump. Now Release Your Tax Returns.”
In the op-ed, Sanford makes it clear that he has “no stomach” for Trump’s “personal style and his penchant for regularly demeaning others,” but he is supporting his party’s nominee “because of the importance of filling the existing vacancy on the Supreme Court, and others that might open in the next four years.”
However, the former South Carolina governor said he will only continue to support Trump if he sticks to his word and releases his tax returns.
“To him, demands that he release his tax returns are just a ploy by his opponents and enemies to undermine his campaign. But that obstinacy will have consequences,” Sanford wrote. “Not releasing his tax returns would hurt transparency in our democratic process, and particularly in how voters evaluate the men and women vying to be our leader.”
In the op-ed, Sanford stated he released his tax returns both times he ran for governor in South Carolina, which, he said “felt a bit like a colonoscopy: I didn’t like it, but it was our tradition in South Carolina.”
Sanford has not been a professed Trump supporter for long. In March, he told the Wall Street Journal Trump’s candidacy is one he wouldn’t support because Sanford believes in a constitutionally limited government. In late July, Sanford told Slate he hadn’t decided whether or not he would support Trump.