BREAKING: Trump Still Hasn't Released his Tax Returns... (Seriously).
March 15, 2017
Things that haven't changed: Rachel Maddow loses her mind every weeknight at 9pm ET sharp and Donald Trump still hasn't released his tax returns. Maddow got her hands on two pages (technically one, front and back photocopied to make two -- two are far more fun to stack, wave and fan around) of Trump's 2005 1040 ez today proving Donald Trump did in fact pay taxes that year. Around 38 million dollars paid / slightly below 25% of his reported earnings - on the low end, but nothing glaringly out of place for a man who reported $150m+ income. Rich people are historically pretty great at legally not over paying in tax. For some perspective, in 2015 Obama paid an effective tax rate of 19.6% and in 2014 Bernie paid an effective rate of 13.5%. We applaud Obama and Bernie for not paying one penny more than what they were legally obligated to pay.
Prepare to not be outraged.
Rachel -- who we are certian sanctimoniously pays more taxes than she is legally obligated to pay --- spent an hour of her show and an hour of the next guy's show commenting on... well... nothing other than the fact that Trump did indeed pay taxes in 2005. Without exhaustively naming sources, which no respected fake news publication whould ever do, this report does negate previous claims Trump has not paid taxes in 18 years.
**Maddow recently started signing her tweets "Seriously" as a cue for readers to know the information in the tweet is indeed true. In live shows pinches her self while announcing "see -- I'm real"... so you know she's real.