Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 3:06
Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in Texas as part of a nationwide effort calling on GOP President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. One of them, a young girl, held a small sign that read "Trump is a tax e-VADER" and showed an image of Darth Vader wearing a blond hairpiece.
Hundreds of people in Grand Rapids marched downtown Saturday demanding Trump release his tax returns.
Protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina, said they suspect that Trump's returns might show he has paid little or nothing to the government he now heads, or that he was indebted to Russian, Chinese or other foreign interests. In September, he told ABC News, "I don't think anybody cares, except some members of the press". He later said voters don't care. The demonstrations fall on Saturday, April 15, which just happens to be be the deadline to file taxes in America. 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".
Protesters say Americans deserve to know about Trump's potential conflicts of interest. "We know what this President is all about", she said.
President Donald Trump's motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-A-Lago after he spent Saturday morning at his golf course, avoiding Tax Day protesters headed toward his Palm Beach estate.
In all, more than 100 marches are expected to occur throughout the day.
In Washington, D.C., Sen. The main march unfolded in the nation's capital, where protesters gathered for a rally in front of the Capitol and then planned to march near the Lincoln Memorial in the afternoon. The Oregon Democrat says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share".
Protesters fill the streets to demand Trump release his taxes..
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the 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. Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, which would require the president and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.
With the White House and Congress vowing to take up tax reform after healthcare stalled in Congress, organizers said they wanted to make sure lawmakers were serving the best interests of the American people and not corporations and Wall Street.