MSNBC’s leftist host Rachel Maddow thought she was going to really embarrass President Trump by exposing his 2005 tax returns during her show tonight. Is that even legal? Some are saying that Maddow releasing Trump’s private tax returns to the public without his consent would be considered a felony. As it turns out, Maddow actually did a huge favor for President Trump by lifting the veil of uncertainty about whether or not he paid taxes, from the minds of millions of Americans. It turns out that not only did Donald Trump pay taxes, he paid an enormous amount of taxes. Trump’s White House really punked the obnoxious Maddow however, by releasing his 2005 tax returns only 25 minutes before Maddow’s show aired…
Here’s Maddow’s tweet announcing her “bombshell” revelation on her show:
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
Just last week, the New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristoff urged IRS employees Sunday to break the law, and leak Donald Trump’s tax returns to his publication: “If you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018,” Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter.
But if you're in IRS and have a certain president's tax return that you'd like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018. https://t.co/ujYe100Tn9
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 6, 2017
As the Hill reminds us, the release of an individual’s unauthorized tax returns is a felony. While reporters who publish illegally obtained information that they did not solicit are traditionally not prosecuted – recall that in September 2016 the NYT released an old Trump tax return without legal consequences- the legal picture becomes less clear if the reporters are involved in the leaking of the information. –Zero Hedge
Here’s what Kristof of the New York Times had to say about the release of Trump’s 2005 tax returns:
So Trump apparently paid 25% income tax rate overall in federal taxes in 2005. Low, but higher than Romney or many finance tycoons.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 15, 2017
Here’s what the rest of America (including Donald Trump Jr.) had to say about Rachel Maddow’s ridiculous attempt to embarrass President Trump.
This awesome tweet was from Joe Walsh of Walsh Freedom:
Rachel Maddow revealed that Trump paid more taxes in '05 than most people will pay in their entire lives.
What ground-breaking journalism.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 15, 2017
Former Governor Mike Huckabee was having a blast on Twitter tonight:
Tomorrow night Rachel Maddow solves the Kennedy Assassinaton. Will name Oswald as assassin. Don't miss REAL JOURNALISM!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 15, 2017
So Rachel Maddow just proved to us that Trump pays his taxes and pays more than most other billionaires who donated to Hillary..🤣👌👌
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 15, 2017
There was even a tweet from the President’s son Donald Jr, thanking Maddow for proving to her Trump hating followers how successful Donald Trump is and that he paid $40 million in taxes!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 15, 2017
From Trump’s Director of Social Media Dan Scavino:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) March 15, 2017
Jeremy Nolt thanks Maddow for the reminder that Hillary lied to the American people when she said Trump didn’t pay his taxes:
— Jeremy Nolt (@RealJeremyNolt) March 15, 2017
Another reminder of the “felony” Maddow committed:
Trump pays 25% fed tax, Obama 19.5%, Sanders 13.5%. Thank you Rachel Maddow for committing a felony to provide this information.🤣🤣
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 15, 2017
And from the always hilarious conservative Cloyd Rivers:
Effective tax rates in 2005:
Thanks Rachel Maddow for commitin' a felony for this info. Merica.
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) March 15, 2017
A reminder of the hypocrisy and the idiocy of Bernie Sanders remarks about Trump’s tax returns:
President Trump 2005 Tax Rate: 25%
Bernie Sanders 2014 Tax Rate: 13.5% pic.twitter.com/b2mRepMc0h
— Brittany Pettibone (@BrittPettibone) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow single-handedly gave every Hillary lover in America hope, then Trump smashed it by releasing his 2005 taxes.#TrumpTaxReturn
— #ResistTheResistance (@ScottPresler) March 15, 2017
And then finally, Conservative Thinker thanks Maddow for helping Trump to get re-elected in 2020. #MAGA!
— Conservative Thinker (@Conservative_OK) March 15, 2017