Tax March: Thousands in Denver demand to see Trump's tax returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 6:31
More than 50 people took part in this march, but those here say that their message is amplified by the expected more than 150 similar protests happening across the country on this Tax Day calling for President Trump to release his tax records.
Organizers said Saturday's protests, dubbed the Tax March, were scheduled in almost 150 cities, and stemmed from the women's march that took place the day after Trump's inauguration. When pressed on the issue as president, he's said he doesn't think most Americans care. The rally's timing was associated with the federal tax filing deadline, which usually is April 15 but is April 18 this year.
Local florist Debbie Paine said she went to rally to hear Rep. Peter DeFazio speak and to press for the completion of the investigation into Russian interference in the recent USA presidential election.
In Washington, D.C., the march was also in full swing.
The rally began at Bryant Park and is co-emceed by comedians Jordan Carlos and Jena Friedman, who tweeted before it began that it "isn't about Trump, it's about U.S., what we won't stand for and what we will stand against, TOGETHER".
Trump, who spent the morning at his Florida golf course, avoided several hundred protesters when his motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-A-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach.
Thousands of protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol for Saturday's Tax Day protest. We want to know where that essentially unlimited deduction has been coming from all these years.
So what do some think Trump is hiding from the public?
"We don't know what his business connections are, who he owes money to, where his loyalties lie", said Wilcox. Activists in West Palm Beach, Florida held the "March a Lago" near the resort where Trump is spending the Easter weekend.
On the campaign trail, Trump insisted he would release his tax returns once an audit was complete, then dismissed the option once in office.
"People have a right to know why decisions are being made and that they're being made for their benefit and not for the benefit of the president and his family", Lillard said.
South Bay residents Laurie Spoon and Valerie Ormeno said they organized the event after seeing no protests planned in Northern California's largest city.
A new poll from the left-leaning MoveOn.org found that 80 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans and Democratic voters, want Trump to release his taxes.
Republicans have rebuffed Democrats' efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act.
In Washington, more than 1500 protesters gathered on the front lawn of the US Capitol, where members of Congress addressed the crowd before it marched to the Lincoln Memorial. "He's doing it because it's good for him.' So, for his own good, he ought to make them public".
The protests are being nicknamed the "Tax March" because April 15 is usually Tax Day ― the final day for individuals to submit their tax returns.