Trump Denounces Tax Return Protest: "Election Is Over!"
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:49
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.
Throughout the country, in Seattle, the District of Columbia, Florida and New York City, protesters called on Mr Trump to release his personal tax returns as part of a nationwide Tax March. Spicer's response was "We'll have to get back to you on that".
-Lindsey Graham (SC): "I think that prospectively what I'll do is, any candidate running in 2020 needs to release their tax returns", Graham told reporters". "I did what was an nearly impossible thing to do for a Republican - easily won the Electoral College!"
I propose that if we want tax returns disclosed, then Congress needs to pass a law stating such, which should include them as well. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" he followed up at 9 a.m.
Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organizing the marches, said investigations into the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation underscore the need to disclose his returns. We have a long precedent in which every major-party presidential candidate since I was a child has released his returns.
And though he and his surrogates have said often that he would release them when the audits were complete, there's no way to independently verify that the audits of his returns from years past are still ongoing.
"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday", Trump tweeted on Sunday.
"We march to demand that the president release his returns, as he has repeatedly promised, but failed, to do", the Tax March website reads. A day after the massive January 21 women's march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, "Trump claims no one cares about his taxes".
But Democrats have said they will oppose any tax reform bill until they know how the measure will affect the billionaire president and his family. In West Palm Beach, some of those marching said they'd taken part in protests nearly every weekend since Trump was sworn in. Organizers for Tax March San Francisco discovered the chicken and re-dubbed it "Chicken Don" to poke fun at the President for being too afraid to release his tax returns.
Trump said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he was considering releasing his tax returns. A petition demanding Trump release his tax returns garnered more than 1 million signatures.