Rachel Maddow’s Big Trump Tax Scoop … Donald Trump Paid A lot in Taxes in 2005 … But a Greater Percentage Than Obama and Bernie Sanders
ARE YOU KIDDING ME … I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING GERALDO RIVERA OPEN AL CAPONE’S VAULT.
Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow claimed in having Trump’s tax returns to have the biggest scoop since, hmm, since, well nothing. In their effort to attack, embarrass and continually go after President Donald J. Trump, the LEFT has embarrassed themselves. Thank You Rachel Maddow for this over-hypes “Nothing Burger.” In fact, Rachel Maddow has proves some Democrat and Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign lies that Trump paid no taxes. WRONG, he paid $38 million and an effective tax rate of 25%. Thank you again Racel Maddow, you know who paid less than Trump … why that would be the darlings of the LEFT, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.
And much like Geraldo back in the day with his live TV reveal of the contents of Al Copone’s vault, Maddow’s was a similar career suicidal event on live TV. Maybe worse, because she knew what was in the
vault tax returns.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow spent hours touting a massive scoop: She — or more accurately, veteran investigative reporter David Cay Johnston — had gotten her hands on President Trump’s 2005 federal tax return.
That return, the political universe speculated, might hold the key to unlocking the single biggest mystery surrounding Trump: His financial affairs. After all, this is a president who broke with decades of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns — any of them — during the 2016 campaign, insisting that he was under audit.
The return wasn’t the key. Not even close. (That it took Maddow more than 20 minutes into her show to get to the numbers meant that she was scooped on her own scoop.)
First, the basics: Trump made more than $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in taxes that year, according to the two-page summary materials mailed to Johnston this week.
Now, the history: Trump has repeatedly said that he did everything he could to pay as little tax as possible — a position, he insisted, that not only made him smart but also one that lots and lots of voters seemed to agree with. “I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible,” Trump told ABC in May 2016.