The owner of an Atlanta-area restaurant who called on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns on Twitter on Wednesday has a history of inflammatory comments, including a tweet in July accusing the president of being an “evil” and of being a “Nazi.”
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Michael Smith posted a photo of himself at the restaurant, which has a “Fire-Eater” sign, with the hashtag “#FireEater.”
“If he wants to keep his tax return, he should release his full tax returns, not the ones he sent to me on twitter,” Smith tweeted.
“If he released them to a journalist, I would be the first to tweet that I hate the person.
The tweet prompted a response from Smith, who said he had a friend who had “a fire extinguishers” that “never malfunctioned.”
Smith, who is known for his online commentary, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The tweet came as the FBI announced it was opening an investigation into whether Trump, in his tweets and elsewhere, had violated federal election laws, including the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The investigation was sparked by a report last month that Smith, owner of the restaurant and its namesake chain, was working with an anti-Trump political action committee.
The Associated Press has not independently confirmed that report.
Trump has denied having any contacts with Smith, calling him a “loser” who has lost all credibility and credibility in the public eye.
“Michael Smith, the owner of Fire Eater, a restaurant in Atlanta that specializes in fire extinguishing, is a loser who is now being investigated by the FBI,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.
“His restaurant is no longer a success.
His political action group lost money and the president lost the popular vote.”
Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July that he was “very disappointed” by Trump’s tweet.
Smith said he was not in the restaurant for political purposes, but was simply there to promote his business.
He said that he does not have a political agenda and that he is proud of his business and is not trying to influence anyone in the media.
“I’m not trying a political angle,” Smith said.
“I’m just trying to sell food to people.”
Smith said in July he planned to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
He told the newspaper he had received more than a dozen complaints about the tweet, but he was unsure of their veracity.
Smith, a member of the Atlanta-based Georgia-based American Family Association, has long been critical of the president.
He called Trump a “disgrace” and “wicked” in July, after Trump suggested that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.
In his most recent tweet, Smith urged Trump to “do the right thing” and release his taxes.
“Theres no question that Donald Trump is an evil person and an evil politician.
If he wants a fair shot, he must release his returns,” Smith wrote.
“He is a racist, a Nazi, a liar, and a bully.
This is what he has become.”