Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Trump bashes tax protesters who want him to release his returns

Trump bashes tax protesters who want him to release his returns

Trump tweeted. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"

As the first presidential nominee of a major party in more than 40 years to not release his tax returns - which he says is due to an IRS audit - Trump leaves himself with a vulnerability to voters and citizens who are looking for a more open and transparent leader. More than 180 protests were planned across 48 states on Saturday - including in Montana.

He also reminded the country that he won the election, implying that the tax returns controversy should be put to bed.

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!" "‶He needs to show us his tax returns so that we can tell who's influencing his decisions, who he owes money to, who he's doing business with - really so we can figure out whether he needs to be impeached".

But Trump speculated that the protest was paid for.

In South Florida, activists marched to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying this weekend.

However, multiple polls have found that the majority of Americans want Trump to release his tax returns.

While U.S. presidents are not required to release their tax returns, almost all U.S. presidents had voluntarily released them since 1970s. He wrote, someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday.

"The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters [sic]", Trump said at his first post-election press conference in January.

One of Trump's sharpest critics in the House spoke to protesters at the U.S. Capitol just before they set off on a march to the National Mall in Washington. Several prominent Democrats have promised to not engage with the GOP on tax reform, the next point on the Trump administration's policy agenda, until Trump releases his returns.

And this year, because of a somewhat obscure Washington, DC, holiday, Emancipation Day, taxes this year will actually be due on April 18.

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