Rachel Maddow teased a HUGE reveal on her MSNBC show Tuesday night, tweeting earlier in the afternoon that she gained access to President Trump's concealed tax returns.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
And the news got Twitter users (including me!) all-a-flutter about what she was going to spill.
Rachel Maddow got Trump tax returns.— Gilluis Pérez (@Gilluis_Perez) March 15, 2017
Trump Cabinet: pic.twitter.com/xuV6IjUvAM
In reality, though, we ended up all getting straight up Punk'd.
Maddow started off her show by detailing all of the reasons that Trump wasn't releasing his taxes, along with a few questionable real estate deals. It wasn't very long into her "breaking report" that we ALL started getting restless. Check it out here:
Eighteen minutes in, she said she'd get to the tax return next, and then cut to a commercial break. Well, this commercial break turned into some more babbling and a second commercial break... You get the picture. We all got impatient.
Uhhh @maddow say there's a punchline coming b/c starting 2 feel like this is going nowhere after that breathless open & we just got punked 🤔— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) March 15, 2017
It takes less time to fill out your taxes than for Rachael Maddow to get to what's in Trump's taxes— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) March 15, 2017
Could you imagine if Rachel Maddow wrote the "Star Wars" opening crawls?— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) March 15, 2017
Twitter waiting for Rachel Maddow to talk about Trump's tax return right now like pic.twitter.com/oVIAhpi8rQ— Fusion (@Fusion) March 15, 2017
I just filed my 2016 taxes in the time it has taken @maddow to get to the point about Trump's 2005 return.— David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 15, 2017
What Maddow basically had was two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns, showing that he paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 on $150 million of income.
Many, EVEN critics of the prez, complained that the revelation was unworthy of the uproar it had incited on social media. Others pointed out that Maddow's report confirmed that Trump paid more than former presidential candidate and progressive hero Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama.
Trump: 25% tax rate— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) March 15, 2017
Obama: 19.5% tax rate
Sanders: 13.5% tax rate
Thank you Rachel Maddow for this quality information! #MSNBC
Even the president's son, Donald Jr., joined in on the conversation:
Fernand is a principal at Bendixen & Amandi International, the nation’s leading multilingual and multiethnic public opinion research and strategic communications consulting firm based in Miami, Florida. Frequently a guest host and commentator on WIOD, Fernand’s communications projects and analysis have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and the Miami Herald among others.
Over the last 25 years, Bendixen & Amandi (B&A) has conducted large-scale projects for numerous corporations, multinational institutions, political candidates and elected officials in over 30 countries and in as many as 20 different languages. Fernand manages the firm and brings over a decade’s worth of experience in research and strategic management with an emphasis in corporate, political and public affairs consulting for clients including the United Nations, the World Bank, The White House, Univision Communications, New America Media, the John & James L. Knight Foundation and the California Endowment.
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