The line of people trying to get their 15 minutes of fame over President Donald Trump’s tax returns is a long one. On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was one step and two 11-year-old pages closer.
Maddow got the scoop from DCReport.org founder David Cay Johnston, a longtime Trump critic who claims to have received the papers anonymously in his mailbox.
Maddow’s “big story” was two pages of a 2005 federal tax return that was potentially hundreds of pages long.
But even that got blown away when, in a stunning countermove, the White House scooped the scoopers by confirming the information on the return prior to Maddow’s airtime, and accomplishing two important objectives in the process.
First, it confirmed what we all know: Donald Trump is a hugely wealthy and wildly successful businessman who pays a hefty tax bill. For the year 2005, Trump paid $38 million in taxes on an income of $152 million, according to NBC News.
That’s a lot of income, and a lot of tax paid.
Second, and more important, the White House took the wind out of Maddow’s sails, making her sideshow irrelevant.
Trump paid an effective tax rate of about 25 percent of his income, according to Business Insider. One of his strongest campaign platforms was tax reform.
“Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets — zero percent, 10 percent, 20 percent and 25 percent — instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the alternative minimum tax while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II,” he said during the 2016 Presidential campaign.
After the decidedly anti-climactic Maddow show, even the anti-Trump crowd was unimpressed.
Brian Fallon, former press secretary to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted that “Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured, not get distracted by two pages from ’05 tax return,” according to The Guardian.
It’s a start. Even if he was sniping at Republican health care proposals, at least Fallon was talking about the serious business of government
Can Democrats just focus on the business of moving this country forward and passing meaningful legislation that benefits Americans instead of throwing rocks under the wheels of the train we are all riding?
This nonsense has to stop.
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