Protesters around country call for Trump to release tax returns

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2017

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to slam Tax Day protests taking place all over the country calling for him to release his tax returns.

He shrugs the issue away by once again lying about his Electoral College victory, writing in a typo-riddled tweet that he managed to do "what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!"

On Saturday, April 15, the day traditionally recognized as the day US taxes are due, citizens gathered across the country to protest President Donald Trump still keeping his tax returns under wraps.

Trump has maintained that voters don't care that he was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns.

While some may consider this debate long over and fruitless, the reality is that a whopping 80 percent of Americans want the President to increase his transparency by releasing his tax returns.

Tax Day marches are scheduled in three North Carolina cities to protest President Donald Trump refusing to release his tax returns.

NBC Reporter Blayne Alexander questioned citizens on the street, "Does it bother you at all that president has not yet released his tax returns?"

Here's candidate Trump: "As soon as the audit's finished, it'll be released", said President Trump.

Seventy-one-year-old Ilene Singh said he's wrong.

Two of the biggest Tax rallies took place in NY and Los Angeles, where witnesses said about 5,000 people were present in each cities, demanding the president to release his taxes.

Violence erupted at one of those rallies, and many people were arrested in Berkeley, Calif., where groups that support and oppose the president clashed. "We're here to say we care", said Singh. U.S. law requires only the publication of a financial statement that estimates assets, including debt and revenue, but does not give details on the amount of taxes paid. It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public. Based on the way he got his hands on it, Johnston speculated Trump himself may have leaked the pages as a distraction. Since then it's spread across the country with dozens of marches purchasing chickens, Donohoe said.

"I think the president's view on this has been very clear from the campaign, and the American people understood it when they elected him in November", he said.

Republicans also have rebuffed Democrats' efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act.

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