MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow went to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce the news network has obtained Donald Trump’s tax returns. And she revealed the details of those returns tonight.
Prior to the broadcast, Maddow clarified MSNBC had received just a portion of the president’s elusive returns (his 1040 form from 2005) from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who appeared on Tuesday’s show to breakdown the key points. But the form wasn’t the smoking gun many people had hoped for.
Maddow revealed that Trump paid taxes in 2005, but at a rate far lower than his income would normally require because of a legally dodgy write-off from years before. Maddow later said the release was significant because it proved it is, in fact, possible to obtain these types of documents. She also said it’s important to find out the sources of his income to ensure he doesn’t have any conflicts of interest. Which, duh.
Twitter was quick to call out Maddow and MSNBC for the anticlimactic reveal. You can check out some of the reactions below.
Rachel Maddow right now . pic.twitter.com/0CDoVuJ4Jk— J0hN (@I_H8_Memes) March 15, 2017
More questions than answers tonight. I'm offering a $5m reward to anyone with Trump's complete, legally obtained tax returns.— David Brock (@davidbrockdc) March 15, 2017
@maddow We're in the same side about him but this was pointless— Lars E (@Lars_E11) March 15, 2017
When Rachel Maddow reads her tweets tonight pic.twitter.com/YTjOEBrtJZ— UNRULY $AVAGE (@LAwdTaBOO) March 15, 2017
I trusted you @ Rachel Maddow— Mel (@mel11ism) March 15, 2017
Trump filed bankruptcy in 2004 he leaked his 2005 tax returns to distract us from Trumpcare stay woke pic.twitter.com/fv4cBsExFr— h (@huntyboots) March 15, 2017
That was a bigger buildup and disappointment than the "Star Wars" prequels. https://t.co/txPdIxAgCB— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 15, 2017