On Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow a host on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” presented what she says is part of President Trump’s 2005 tax return. The big news is there is no news.
After all the buildup of President Trump’s tax return during, and after the campaign; the organizations, “big story” about the president’s taxes were a big zero.
On her show she claimed to have received the two-page 1040 form from David Cay Johnston, a columnist at the left-leaning Daily Beast. Trump reported $150 million in income and paid $38 million in taxes. Johnston had promised on Twitter to “break a big story about Trump and his taxes.”
“For some reason that we cannot discern, this document has been made available,” Maddow said. “This document was handed to a reporter.” Maddow did not appear to know who provided the return to reporters. She said Johnston “found the return in his mailbox.”
“It’s entirely possible that Donald sent this to me,” Johnston said. “Donald has a very long history of leaking material about himself when it serves his interests. … With Donald, you never know. Donald creates his own reality. He says things that aren’t true. … So I think I have to include that in the list of possibilities of where it came from.” Maddow said Trump’s reasons for not releasing his tax returns “don’t make any sense. When you get excuses that don’t make sense, you have to look for an explanation,” and Johnston said “There must be something hiding in his returns,”
Of course Maddow would have to say that; since the news is there is no news. Some might try to say he didn’t pay enough taxes. President Trump wrote off $100 million dollars which is within his legal right to do. He followed the law and paid $38 million dollars in taxes. That is more money than most people will see in a lifetime; Donald Trump as a citizen paid in one year. I think this puts to rest all the speculations about whether or not President Trump paid his taxes.
Maddow and Johnston said they still don’t have any information revealing the sources of Trump’s income.
Johnston listed things he believes “Trump wants to hide,” including alleged connections to Russians. This is what leftists do when they can’t find real news to talk about. They make things up or tell you what they believe to be true. Never mind where the facts lead. The facts don’t seem to matter to Maddow or Johnston. Notice how for some reason Maddow had to add the Russian connection which is also a non-story since there is no connection. There is no story there either because there is no proof which has ever been offered as news. It’s all been speculation.
Maddow questioned Trump’s sale of his Palm Beach, Florida, home to Russian billionaire investor Dmitry Rybolovlev for $60 million more than Trump paid for the house. Trump had purchased the home at a steep discount at a 2004 auction. I wonder why she won’t bring up Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia?
But that information has been available since at least July 2016, when Trump disclosed the transaction when asked about his contacts with Russia at a news conference.
“What do I have to do with Russia? You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach, Florida … for $40 million and I sold it to a Russian for $100 million including brokerage commissions,” Trump said at the time.
Maddow had tweeted before her show: “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.” I guess she needs something to prop up her show. Her ratings are in the toilet. It makes you wonder how she even stays on the air.
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017