Liberals have been obsessing over Donald Trump’s taxes ever since his presidential campaign began dominating the Republican field a year ago.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow got her viewers excited when she announced she had in her possession Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. On her MSNBC show last night, she read through the Form 1040, and it became clear that there was nothing juicy, nothing to make Maddow or her liberal viewers go ‘a-ha!’
After Maddow’s attempt to humiliate Trump, she got BAD NEWS when she was made a national laughing stock.
You see, Trump’s tax returns didn’t make him look bad at all — instead, they made MADDOW look like the joke. Indeed, what the tax returns showed was that Donald Trump earned about $150 million in 2005 and paid about $38 million for that tax year in federal taxes.
Nothing in there to indicate that he was far less successful a businessman than he is. Nothing in there to indicate he was using some sleight-of-hand to get out of paying his ‘fair share,’ as the left always like to say.
In fact, it turned out that Donald Trump paid income tax for 2005 at about a 25% rate. Nothing spectacular one way or the other, in fact, a bit more than the average for someone in the top 1% of earners.
Watch the video of Maddow’s Trump tax revelation here:
Twitter absolutely lit up, with many having a good time with comments at Maddow’s expense.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “Thank you Rachel Maddow for proving your #Trump hating followers how successful @realDonaldTrump is & that he paid $40mm in taxes! #Taxes
Many brought up the 1986 live broadcast The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults hosted by Geraldo Rivera, which culminated in Rivera entering Capone’s vault and finding nothing but debris.
Ben Shapiro tweeted: “Imagine Geraldo’s regret when he opened Al Capone’s vault to find Rachel Maddow’s report on Trump’s taxes.”
Another person tweeted: “Congrats Rachel Maddow, you’ve officially eclipsed Geraldo Rivera in most embarrassing TV moment. Worse than Al Capone’s vault. #NotMyPress”
And Steve Deace tweeted: “Geraldo called, and has invited Rachel Maddow to join him from Al Capone’s secret vault for her next show”
Some others in the Twitter-sphere who piled on:
Big Cat: “Trump just played Rachel Maddow so hard. Textbook”
Stefan Molyneyx: “Help! Rachel Maddow’s career has fallen and it can’t get up!”
Billy Hallowell: “BREAKING: Rachel Maddow breaks Guinness Book record for longest-ever non-story told to a horrified cable news audience.”
Mark Simone: “Rachel Maddow’s next big TV spectacular will be Donald Trumps 1997 dental records. #TrumpTaxReturn”
Even Trump-hater Van Jones of CNN said that Maddow’s failed stunt to reveal the President’s old tax returns, showing that he paid $38 million for 2005, made it a “good night” for President Trump.
A question that many had was how Maddow acquired Trump’s tax returns. Unless Trump gave them to her, someone must having committed a crime to pass on a person’s tax returns. They are confidential. Yet another leak by someone on the inside.
In a way, the night served as a microcosm of the last half year, with liberals trying desperately for that ‘gotcha’ moment with Trump that never materializes.
Thanks Rachel. Thanks MSNBC.