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Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax return scoop

Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow's Trump tax return scoop

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow released two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns on Tuesday.

While Democrats have beaten their chest for months about the need to see Trump’s taxes, they were unimpressed by what the returns showed: Trump did indeed pay $38 million in taxes on $150 million in income.

Brian Fallon, a former top spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, tweeted that Democrats should “not get distracted” by the 2005 tax return.

“Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured,” Fallon tweeted.


Former Rep. John Dingell, the legendary retired Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, echoed similar sentiments.

“Most interesting # in Trump’s taxes: 24,000,000,” Dingell tweeted, referencing the 24 million people the Congressional Budget Office says will lose health insurance under Trump’s health care plan.

“Trump’s taxes are important, but I’m waiting on the long form,” Dingell added, a nod to Trump’s baseless attack on former President Barack Obama’s citizenship, which caused Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.


Some Democrats suggested the most newsworthy thing to come from the leaked tax return was the fact that Trump can, indeed, release his tax documents — something he’s so far refused to do. (The White House confirmed the numbers in the 2005 tax return reported on MSNBC.)


“The only news out of this is that the White House CAN release the President’s taxes, despite what campaign said,” former Democratic operative Mo Elleithee tweeted. “Which we all suspected.”

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., taunted Democrats on the release of Trump’s tax return.

“Thank you Rachel Maddow for proving to your #Trump hating followers how successful @realDonaldTrump is & that he paid $40mm in taxes!” Trump Jr. tweeted.


Trump Jr.’s tweet — which amounted to a victory lap — led some to speculate that Trump himself leaked the returns.


“Oh, look, Hannity’s already out there stoking the ‘the media is the opposition’ fires on Fox,” Liz Mair, an anti-Trump GOP operative tweeted about Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who has served as a mouthpiece for the Trump administration, even appearing in a campaign ad supporting Trump.

“Total. Setup,” Mair added.

Emily C. Singer

8 thoughts on “Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax return scoop

  1. I, for one Democrat, can juggle more than ONE fact at a time. To say, at this point, that “Democrats are not interested” implies that those of us who are damn well interested don’t really count as ‘effective’ Democrats. I’ll bet a couple hundred million Americans, both Democrats AND Republicans ARE interested. While we are waiting for “the other shoe to fall”, however, WE will always be ready to jump on the next shoe!
    AND there are certainly other important shoes that will fall.

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  2. You’ll get no argument from me on this story. Personally I think it’s another strategic ploy-the new shiny object in the room to distract from all the other shiny objects. Dems would be wise not to focus too much on this unless any of the schedules get leaked which is not likely. It is not inconceivable that 45 leaked it himself having demonstrating his mastery of the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ strategy thus far and a long history of diversion with self-interest at its heart.

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  3. Dear Sheila,

    DT is the one who benefited from this leak while his detractors get nada. Even David Cay Johnston said it is very possible that the leak is from DT himself. DT is tweeting that this leak is FAKE NEWS! He would know.

    I suspect that when the public finally is able to view DT’s tax returns that there is a 2005 tax filing that doesn’t match the one which was leaked.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    1. I agree, Gronda! In my opinion this tax return “leak” was a diversion from Maddow’s : “Trump’s Russian Connection” reports. She may have been getting too close for comfort.

      I suspect we have a genuine psychopath in the WH. However, removing him will take layers and layers of info to connect him to Ruissia but Rachel meticulously tackled that and will continue to do so. The diversionary tactic from the WH will be recognized for what it was and she will fearlessly continue her reporting.

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    1. As a fellow Dem, it’s extremely difficult…more like impossible, to do anything when you have no leverage being firmly in the minority. At best, they can slow things down while the steady drip, drip, drip continues. Our only hope is catching 45 in something explosive and incontrovertible. Hope springs eternal.

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