Donald Trump upstaged Rachel Maddow tonight by releasing key numbers in his 2005 tax returns before she went on air at 9 p.m. ET. Trump paid a 24 percent tax rate or $36.5 million in income taxes on $153 million in earnings. Obama paid 19 percent last year, a lower tax rate than Trump. It also shows a business loss of $103 million that year.
Maddow teased her Twitter followers, trying to garner a large audience for her 9 p.m. ET airing. Watch it here.
It was 30 minutes into her show when she finally deflated the balloons of all liberals across the country informing them that Trump paid nearly $40 million in income taxes.
Donald Trump Jr. proudly tweeted after seeing his father vindicated on left-leaning MSNBC by none other than Trump antagonist Rachel Maddow.
Some speculate that Trump himself released his returns purposefully, ahead of a report being issued tomorrow by James Comey of the existence and scope of the FBI’s Russia/Trump investigation. David Cay Johnston, a Daily Beast reporter, allegedly found the documents in his mailbox and passed them along to Rachel Maddow to air on her program. Johnston is among those speculating Trump might have leaked the documents to him.
CNN’c Chris Cuomo notes, if Trump were responsible for the release of the tax document, it was a great year for him to release because it shows a $660 million donation to his Trump charity, a $38 million payment in taxes, and nothing nefarious.
Donald Trump, however, came out with a tweet giving no credence to that theory.
According to AP, the White House stated through an anonymous source, “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.”
The release of Trump’s tax returns is a felony if the person who released the returns did so without authorization. Maddow, however, argued that MSNBC is exercising its first amendment right to publish information that’s in the public interest.