Activists marking Tax Day by demanding Trump release taxes
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 2:39
"We know what this President is all about", she said.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) pretty much summed it all up in her speech at the Washington, D.C. Tax March.
About 200 people gathered at a downtown Raleigh plaza to protest Trump's decision, as well as his performance in the White House.
Event organizers for the Tax March said the movement is to demand transparency and fairness from the president.
"The biggest thing I've ever organized before is my wedding", he joked to The Incline.
Silverman told The Associated Press that she feels "beholden to be an active citizen".
Ilene Singh said she and her friend, Geraldine Markowitz, took a bus from New Jersey to join the crowd and "say we care" about Trump's taxes. Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.
A huge inflatable chicken with an orange-gold beak and a swirl of hair resembling Trump's was displayed on the sidelines of the Washington protest, and at other venues.
The march comes just days before Tax Day on April 18.
Presidents are not legally required to release their tax returns, but all of Trump's predecessors dating back to the 1970s have done so voluntarily. Although he initially promised to do so, he later claimed he was under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and said his attorneys had advised against it - though experts and IRS officials said such audits don't bar taxpayers from releasing their returns.
Progress NC Action has collected nearly 6,000 petition signatures supporting the Trump Act, which would require Presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in North Carolina. So Trump critics are prepared to make some noise. Ron WydenRon WydenNationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns Dem senator tries to compel Trump's taxes with retweets Is Congress encroaching on Americans' Internet privacy?
To build trust with the voters, all presidents since Richard Nixon have released their returns, and Trump should be no different.
A day after the massive January 21 women's march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, "Trump claims no one cares about his taxes". Organizers say marches are taking place in about 150 cities. Meanwhile, no single concern stands out for Republicans: 49% say they are "bothered a great deal" by the complexity of the tax system, 44% by the feeling corporations don't pay their fair share.
The march - scheduled on the traditional deadline to file income taxes - comes about three months after an estimated 250,000 people took to the streets for the Women's March on Chicago the day after Trump's inauguration.
Through the march, the Democratic Party and progressives are attempting to reroute the grassroots energy that helped derail Trump's bid to overhaul the Affordable Care Act toward their next goal: forcing a release of his tax returns and drawing the battle lines for the upcoming debate over US tax reform.