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Raleigh 'Tax March' protesters demand release of Trump's tax returns

Posted April 15
Updated April 17

— Hundreds of demonstrators marched around the North Carolina State Legislative Building Saturday afternoon demanding to see President Donald Trump's tax returns.

The Raleigh arm of the national "Tax March", as it's been dubbed, was organized by Progress NC Action. They joined other protests around the country demanding for transparency and accountability.

"We need to know what his entanglements are with other countries, with other people and we need to know if the tax plans that he is promoting benefit him and his family personally," Jen Ferris said.

Presidents are not required to release their tax returns. But President Trump is the first in roughly 40 years to refuse to release his full tax returns.

During his candidacy, he said he wouldn't release those returns because he was being audited. Since his inauguration, he's said people simply don't care to see them.

Many protesters are urging lawmakers to force the president to release his returns.

"We the people of the United States need to know who our president is invested in. This is very important," Drucella Roberts said.

ProgressNC.org is circulating a petition calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that would require presidential candidates to release tax returns prior to appearing on ballots. That petition has nearly 6,000 signatures right now.

The North Carolina Republican Party has not yet commented.


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  • Tom Marthers Apr 17, 10:12 a.m.
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    GET A LIFE, get over it, STOP protesting, Pres Trump is not going to release his TAX returns, He is the President, he doesn't have to show his tax returns, It is not Required. QUOTE: No law requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns, but history does.

  • Quid Malmborg Apr 16, 9:44 p.m.
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    Then if being president is such a comfort why is Donnie always whining about the protesters and how low his approval ratings are?

    Thanks For Playing.

  • John Archer Apr 16, 9:42 p.m.
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    You could certainly go on with your list of conspiracy theories if you'd like. BTW, did you see that Alex Jones' lawyer is arguing in court that Jones' words are not to be believed, that it's all "performance art"? You've been taken in, and you are showing your inability to consider a wide range of news sources in order to discern what might actually be true or false. It is a fact, that our government is accumulating quite a bit of evidence that Trump was taking money from Russia, and his tax returns might show just that, which is probably why he won't release him. He is acting like a guilty man. We all know it's not required by law, but everyone else did it, why not him? In many states, it will be law to release them before you can get on the ballot, so he can kiss 2020 goodbye, that is if he's not in prison by then.

  • William Sherman Apr 16, 9:14 p.m.
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    I would posit that winning the Electoral college vote--and therefore the Presidency is a pretty good comfort.

  • Harrison Foster Apr 16, 7:37 p.m.
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    But this is a fairly long standing tradition. Why not release the returns and move on?

  • Rick Fetter Apr 16, 7:24 p.m.
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    Same exact thing was said about Obama's birth certificate and yet he never produced it and world went on.

  • Harrison Foster Apr 16, 7:11 p.m.
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    If he has nothing to hide, why should it matter? Release the tax returns like most Presidents and let's all get on with our lives. If I were a betting man, though, I'd wager to say there's probably a few deals in there he doesn't want the general public to know about.

  • Quid Malmborg Apr 16, 7:03 p.m.
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    Who even cares? What's germane is how unpopular this so-called president is. His only cold comfort is winning the Electoral vote. :-\

  • Nick Holt Apr 16, 4:39 p.m.
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    I wonder who paid for these protesters? I saw a guy on the news from Columbia SC. Why travel that far? Also how is not releasing returns not acting in the best interests of Americans? Did the protestors want Hillary to relases her emails?

  • Eric Rothman Apr 16, 3:40 p.m.
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    Man, terrorism is running wild, crime is up, North Korea want's war, if only Trump would release his tax returns we could fix this. Worry about your own taxes!!