Could Trump's Tax Returns Get Him Impeached? They Shouldn't Distract Americans From This Issue
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow made a big announcement on Tuesday; she had gotten her hands on President Donald Trump's tax return. After months of refusing to release his tax return information, Maddow tweeted on Tuesday that she "Had Trump's tax return" and would be analyzing them with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston live on Tuesday night. There was a collective intake of breath on the internet — a long pause as we all waited to find out what information might be hiding within the documents — and whether Trump's tax returns would be grounds for impeachment.
For those who missed it, Maddow revealed two pages of Trump's 2005 tax return. Johnston, a longtime investigative journalist who released the bestselling biography The Making Of Donald Trump from his three decades of reporting on Trump, allegedly found the 2005 tax return in his mailbox, according to Wired. Trump's 2005 tax return showed he earned a total of $150 million that year from several real estate developments and other businesses, and that he paid $38 million in taxes. The White House issued a statement confirming the information discovered in Trump's tax return before Maddow's show aired, according to CBS 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
The information found in Trump's 2005 tax return was not especially noteworthy; the president won't be impeached for a tax return that showed he earned a lot of money and paid a proportionate amount of taxes. Which is why Democrats are asking Americans to keep their eye on the prize, essentially; don't get distracted by tax returns when there are much more serious issues at stake within the Trump administration. Issues that will impact every single person in America, like the new health care plan being proposed by House Republicans with the full support of the White House behind it. A plan that, if implemented, would see millions of Americans without access to health insurance.
Democrats have been tweeting reminders to the public to stay focused on the very real, very serious issue of health care under Trump's watch, rather than getting distracted by a tax return from over a decade ago.
Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured, not get distracted by two pages from '05 tax return— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) March 15, 2017
Most interesting # in Trump's taxes: 24,000,000.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) March 15, 2017
Oh no wait that's just how many Americans will lose health care under his terrible plan.
Focus! $880b cut in Medicaid in order to pay for a $880b tax cut for rich. Plus an age tax.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 15, 2017
Johnston, the journalist who found Trump's tax return in his mailbox, also cautioned against getting distracted; even going so far as to tell Maddow that he suspected Trump himself may have planted the information, according to Wired.
Whether the information was planted by Trump, or by another party seeking to distract the American people from the disastrous new health care plan, the best way to push back is to simply stay the course.