Thousands in NYC call for president to release tax returns
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 2:23
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.
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. "Without seeing his tax returns, we have no idea what he's hiding - shady business deals?" She rode a bus from New Jersey to New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83, to take part in protests.
"Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns".
Registered nurse Pam Craig, 54, and her sister, Jennifer Cappoen, 57, drove about 90 minutes from Greensboro to attend the rally. The main march unfolded in the nations capital, where protesters gathered for a rally in front of the Capitol and then marched to near the Lincoln Memorial.
Comedian Sarah Silverman said the size of Saturday's crowd proved otherwise. They showed Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income.
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 Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
For four decades, presidents and major party nominees have released some of their tax returns, with the exception of Gerald Ford.
Demonstrators came out in large numbers in about 200 other cities, including a few outside the US, according to organizers.
"Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law", said New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, who arrived in a tutu and leggings made of fake dollar bills and holding a sign that read "Show Me The Money!"
Organizers say marches are taking place in about 150 cities. "Ron Wyden called on Trump to 'knock off the secrecy". The deadline this year is extended to Tuesday.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns.
Marches are scheduled in San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well.
Tax March supporters are using the upcoming tax filing deadline to urge Trump to "commit to a fair tax system for the American people".