Protests over Trump tax returns delay
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 1:32
President Donald Trump expressed disbelief Sunday that people still want him to release his tax returns and insisted someone must have paid for Saturday's nationwide protests demanding he do so.
He shrugs the issue away by once again lying about his Electoral College victory, writing in a typo-riddled tweet that he managed to do "what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!"
President Trump says he is unimpressed with this weekend's tax protests - and indicated he has no plans to release his tax returns anytime soon.
On Monday, a day before the deadline for most Americans to pay their 2016 taxes, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that Trump's most recent taxes are being audited and will not be released.
The Republican president questioned the idea that he should release them, asserting that what matters is that he "easily" won the presidential race. Normally, by the end of tax filing season, the sitting president publicly releases his tax return, but there is no sign President Trump plans to follow that tradition.
The "small rallies" were held at "dozens" of cities across the country, ranging from hundreds in South Florida at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, to thousands in the streets of New York City, per The Washington Post. Trump tweeted at 6:13 a.m. on Easter. After listening to speakers including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Chicago) began marching down Wacker Drive. "He normally puts his name on buildings where he has them", Cotton said Monday at a town hall in Little Rock, to loud boos from the audience.
Yet the marches accomplished more than provoking the president, Shockley said.
"I think all of us are happy that he heard us, just for one simple reason, it's the point of protests", Shockley said. He was the first major-party nominee in four decades to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. "The American people understood when they elected him in November". "I'm wondering if you'll take the initiative to have him release those returns so we can see what kind of connections he has with different countries around the world, and what tax proposals would personally benefit him and his family".