President Donald Trump this morning has responded to the NBC’s scandalous airing of two pages from his 2005 tax return, Tuesday evening with Rachel Maddow.
Hilariously, the message is exactly what everyone expected from Trump.
‘Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, went to his mailbox and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!’
Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Ok Trump, we could agree with you that the specific portions of your 2005 tax returns which were released, were very underwhelming. Between the potential illegality of their actions in releasing it, and the boring nature of the information it showed — you really didn’t need to go with your classic ‘FAKE NEWS’ argument.
Regarding Trump’s evaluation that “nobody ever heard of” the journalist, David Cay Johnson, who found the tax documents mailed to him – Johnson is an investigative journalist in taxes and economy with a Pulitzer prize, though, he doesn’t have a YUGE social media following by any means.
On Twitter, David Cay Johnson fired back already at Trump explaining:
‘Gee, Donald, your White House confirmed my story. POTUS fake Tweet. Sad!’
Gee, Donald, your White House confirmed my story. POTUS fake Tweet. Sad! https://t.co/ibK2ApKI9E
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) March 15, 2017
Here, he clearly and brilliantly mocks President Trump’s typical language in his tweets, and brings to light that the White House actually released the two pages of his 2005 tax returns right before the NBC, likely to dampen their ratings after it was announced they were going to do it.
In this way, Donald Trump can’t call ‘FAKE NEWS’ on the NBC, Johnson or Maddow without calling ‘FAKE NEWS’ on his own White House. Yikes, Donald.
Johnson said of the documents Tuesday evening that he was of the belief that Donald Trump released them to him, himself:
‘Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his best interest.’
It would, in theory, get people off the president’s back with regard to his tax returns if he released a small portion of one year which makes him look good. It also has served as a great distraction tactic from the atrocity that is TrumpCare.
If you missed the segment broadcasting the returns, the two pages can be seen here.
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