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Trump: 'Who paid for' rallies seeking release of tax returns

Posted April 16

A giant inflatable "Chicken Don" is set up by demonstrators protesting President Donald Trump's failure to release his tax returns and a host of other issues during a march and rally in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

— President Donald Trump says "someone should look into who paid" for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns.

Trump tweeted Sunday: "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"

Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his returns and he reneged on a campaign commitment to release them. He said they were being audited.

"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over," he tweeted.

Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched Saturday through streets across America, demanding that the president release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign powers.

The demonstrations came on the date taxpayers traditionally have to file their returns by and just days before this year's filing deadline Tuesday. The tax day protests in more than a dozen cities were largely peaceful, though occasionally demonstrators and some pro-Trump groups taunted each other in face-to-face exchanges.

In Berkeley, California, police arrested at least 20 people at unrelated gatherings of about 200 pro- and anti-Trump people in a park after fist fighting erupted. Officers confiscated knives and makeshift weapons.

Trump has said that voters don't care about his tax returns.

But many demonstrators said they hoped Saturday's marches would convince Trump otherwise.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes," said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia from City Hall to an area in front of historic Independence Hall, carrying signs and chanting "We want your taxes now!"

Seventy-one-year-old Ilene Singh said he's wrong. She rode a bus from New Jersey to New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83, to take part in the protests. "We're here to say we care," said Singh.

Pushing her walker, Karin Arlin, 85, a Holocaust survivor who came to the U.S. from Germany when she was 9, said she's also worried about the direction of the country.

"You don't know which way the country goes," said Arlin next to her 89-year-old husband who fled Czechoslovakia during World War II. "I hope Republicans see it."

Protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina, said they suspect that Trump's returns might show he has paid little or nothing to the government he now heads, or that he was indebted to Russian, Chinese or other foreign interests.

"His reputation ... as a businessman and, more importantly, as a true American, a person who is concerned with American values, would be totally destroyed if all his financial information was made public," said Mike Mannshardt, a retired teacher.

One of Trump's sharpest critics in the House spoke to protesters at the U.S. Capitol just before they set off on a march to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, said there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes.

"If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he's got another thought coming," Waters said.

Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, which would require the president and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.

Republicans also have rebuffed Democrats' efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act. It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public.


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  • Andy Holt Apr 16, 10:21 p.m.
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    Nice propoganda... HRC was not indicted because she had cover from Obama's corrupt Holder/Rice DOJ, and also the fact that she NO doubt has a LOT to protect concerning Obama. No scandals from the Obama administration..... are you serious? Bengjazi, Fast & Furious, doubling of the National debt (All by himself), being the main contributor to the largest racial division problem since the 60's, and it goes on and on. Tune back into CNN, and PMSNBC, they need YOUR help getting their viewer numbers back to double digits.

  • Tom Baker Apr 16, 9:49 p.m.
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    Nice attempts to deflect attention away from our accidental president. HRC was repeatedly investigated from left to right with no evidence found to justify an indictment. And millions of bigots were hoping for Obama to generate scandals. Now they are frustrated that their strongly held judgements were not served. The investigation of Trump's collusion with Russia is just at its beginning. It is too early to get the popcorn out but don't forget that it took Nixon more than 2 years to resign, and he was a lot smarter than the current minority president.

  • Andy Holt Apr 16, 7:27 p.m.
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    It seems to me that the voters showed in Nov. that this "show your tax returns" business is a non-issue. We know that the guy is RICH, who cares. Would it have swayed the voters if they found that he did, or did not donate to charity? Would any reasonable person EVER believe that if Trump didn't do or pay what was required of him tax wise, that it would NOT have been leaked by the corrupt IRS long before the election? As usual, ANOTHER case of NOTHING to see here folks!

  • Quid Malmborg Apr 16, 6:58 p.m.
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    The Dunning-Kruger Effect, ladies and gentlemen. Let's hear a round of applause for the Dunning-Kruger Effect [cue applause].

  • Steve Allen Apr 16, 6:55 p.m.
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    Most of these people are paid to protest. Most probably are not paying taxes. Where were these people when Hillary Clinton emails were not being released or when the Benghazi thing was being blamed on a video that never existed or when conservative groups were being turned down for tax exemption status. This is nothing more that a bunch of liberals who still are crying because Hillary Clinton lost the election.

  • William Sherman Apr 16, 6:11 p.m.
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    Without wishing to drag this out further regarding meaning--"fraudster and pathological liar" are both indicative of Obama after 8 years of scandals, demonstrable lies, legally questionable legal activities, etc. And we don't even have to touch, as I stated, a bogus birth certificate, NO college transcripts from Harvard, NO written articles, letters, etc from his tenure as the Editor of The Harvard Law Review. No records of his having taught one class after being appointed a professor, no grades, nor student lists, ..Whatever, in your opinion Trump may have done this past 3 months, pales in comparison to Obama. But then again, the liberal/leftist/socialist crowd would question The Sermon on The Mount given by Jesus Christ....

  • John Kramer Apr 16, 5:13 p.m.
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    Glad to see all those marchers getting some exercise. That is all that will result from the protest, I am afraid.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Apr 16, 4:35 p.m.
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    Probably most of those marching don't pay taxes or haven't paid theirs. Why don't Hillary show where the Foundation money went.

  • Quid Malmborg Apr 16, 4:33 p.m.
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    One hardly need "attempt to portray" Trump as either a liar or fraudster as these are both known facts (multiple lawsuits against him, increasing number of broken promises). The article is about Trump, the excerpt I quoted is about Trump, and I wrote exclusively of Trump. No mention of Obama. Anywhere.

    So let's talk of "undisclosed cognitive malfunctions." These explain why you and all those like you (i.e. Trump) ultimately fail. Thanks For Playing.





  • William Patterson Apr 16, 4:20 p.m.
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    this man is completely delusional...i believe he is actually certifiably insane