Tax March: Demonstrators March To Demand President Trump Release Returns
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:58
From Seattle to DC, protesters gathered in cities throughout the country Saturday to call on President Trump to release his personal tax returns.
"We don't know very much about our president, his financial entanglements, or his taxes because he refuses to reveal them", said U.S. Representative Maxine Waters of California, who will speak at the Washington, D.C., Tax March this Saturday.
The demonstrations, organized by a loose coalition of labor and left-leaning groups with various economic agendas, are meant to focus on Trump's refusal to disclose his tax-paying history, something his predecessors in the White House have done for more than 40 years. His administration's excuse? "People don't care". "Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people". Facebook pages sprung up by the dozens, along with "Tax March" Twitter accounts.
"They're about to overhaul taxes and we don't even know whether the taxes will be targeted for the benefit of the country or pleasing his friends and families and those on Wall Street", he said.
The New York City rally and march begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Park, Sixth Ave.at 42nd St. While the march takes place over the weekend on tax day, April 15, this year's filing deadline has been pushed until Tuesday, April 18, due to a holiday recognized by the nation's capital on Monday.
"The poll shows that Americans want to see Donald Trump's tax returns".
Trump is the first major party candidate in over 40 years to not release his tax returns, saying his returns are under audit, though independent tax experts have said that doesn't prevent the president from releasing his returns.
While there have been widespread protests since Trump was elected, few have focused on the president's tax returns.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) tried to force a vote on his resolution directing the House to delay its consideration of tax-reform legislation until lawmakers review Trump's tax returns, but his move was blocked by Republicans.
Activists are marking Tax Day in MA by converging on Cambridge Common to demand President Donald Trump release all of his tax returns. When he saw the Tax March, he reached out to national organizers and volunteered to organize Pittsburgh's.
Cities participating include Washington, D.C.; New York; Boston; and San Francisco. "It's also about seeing how he makes his money and whether what he reports on his returns matches up with what he has said and done".
The demonstration is expected to be the largest of more than 100 affiliated protests planned across the country.
"This is going to be an old-fashioned tax protest calling for King Donald to release his taxes", Raskin said.