In the wake of multiple rallies across the country demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, the commander-in-chief has taken to Twitter to ask a very intriguing question about the weekend demonstration: who’s holding the purse strings?
“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday,” Trump noted on social media. “The election is over!”
The president also pointed at his November 8 success as an indication that he has played the game successfully: “I did what was an almost impossible thing to do for a Republican – easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” he tweeted.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump pointed to the fact that his tax returns were being audited as the primary reason behind his decision to keep them under wraps. While the IRS has stated that there is nothing preventing Trump from publicizing his tax returns, doing so could unfairly immerse Trump’s taxes into the realm of politics.
Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow nearly broke the internet after announcing that she had obtained Trump’s tax returns and would divulge the details on her program. As it turned out, Maddow had only gotten her hands on Trump’s two-page 1040 form from 2005, which confirmed that Trump paid $38 million on an income of $150 million that year.
Protests broke out on Saturday, the traditional tax day, and saw thousands of protesters waving suspiciously slick-looking signs and chanting slogans as they demanded Trump to release his tax returns. While most protests were peaceful, the weekend was marred by a violent confrontation between Trump supporters and Antifa agitators in Berkeley that saw officers arrest nearly two dozen people.