On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow, with too much fanfare, announced that she had Donald Trump’s tax returns in her hand.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
Americans were sitting on the edge of their seats, at least until Maddow tweeted this:
What we've got is from 2005… the President's 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 15, 2017
Okay, over 10 years ago, but still, this could be interesting and Americans agreed. Viewers waited it out and in record numbers, they watched. But it left more questions than answers. We may now have one answer.
There were no startling revelations in the return, other than the fact that Trump did pay taxes, after much speculation that he hasn’t in a very long time. He paid roughly 25 percent of his declared income in federal taxes, which is low for his tax bracket, but not particularly scandalous, unless you take into account the ways the wealthy can write things off that I, and presumably you, can’t.
There has been a lot of speculation, and perhaps even a consensus, that despite White House protests, the slim partial return came from Trump himself. It did, after all, say “client copy” right on it.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) March 15, 2017
Okay, so why 2005? An intriguing theory came across Twitter on Wednesday that could explain why that year and only that year. It was the last year that Trump’s tax return had to look good — for the sake of his marriage. 2005 was the last year the immigration service had to comb through Trump’s tax returns, jointly filed with his wife Melania, before approving her citizenship.
Just so we're all on the same page pic.twitter.com/tdKfcTMzY2
— Kae Digital (@TwittsMcGee) March 15, 2017
Which left him free to (allegedly) cheat the system and document his Russian connections from 2006 onwards. Let’s hope Rachel is on those as well.
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