MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow leak of President Trump’s tax returns has turned into a massive headache for the Left.
The story was framed to be a bombshell expose of Trump. But instead, Maddow disproved one of the wilder accusations levied against the President.
For months New York Times and others implied without evidence that Trump didn’t pay any taxes. Maddow made it seem that the truth on that issue had finally arrived. And it had. But it wasn’t the truth the media and Democrats wanted to hear.
What Maddow revealed was not only proof that Trump paid taxes, he paid a lot of them. In 2005 over a quarter of all his income went to the federal government.
But what people immediately noticed was that his tax rate was a lot higher than many of his fiercest critics who accused him of being a tax cheat and fraud.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife paid $27,653 in federal income taxes in 2014, an effective federal tax rate of 13.5 percent.
Wow. Who knew Bernie was so greedy?
Unlike Trump, who wants to give huge tax breaks to his fellow billionaires, we need to ask the wealthiest people to pay their fair share.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 31, 2015
Not paying taxes makes Trump just another greedy billionaire who avoids paying his fair share of taxes while children in America go hungry. https://t.co/iko3Ni7yAN
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 1, 2016
Bernie, it seems to me that you’re the one who is letting children “go hungry!”
According to the Joe Biden standard, President Trump is more patriotic than President Obama when it comes to paying a fair share of taxes.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 15, 2017
This whole exercise has been hilarious. The media never learns! They keep thinking they have Trump right where they want him, only to get foiled again and again!
Maddow and her cohorts have tried to spin this as best they can by saying his tax returns “raise questions.” The only question is how Maddow illegally obtained the documents.
According to attorney Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, it is illegal to publish someone’s tax returns without their consent. Maddow claims the First Amendment protects her, but that is wrong. While she is certainly free to make her wild accusations about Trump, she isn’t free to publish and distribute stolen documents.
While she is certainly free to make her wild accusations about Trump, she isn’t free to publish and distribute stolen documents.
All-in-all, this looks like a win for President Trump. The leak was supposed to be the hit that took him down. But it turned out to be a dud that killed one of the left’s bigger talking points against him.
What do you think of the whole controversy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.