Hot air and intrigue: did Donald Trump leak his own tax return?

Miranda GreerMar 21, 2017

Stephen Colbert parodied Rachel Maddow's report on President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns, using a classic joke to poke fun at the MSNBC host's lengthy preamble.

When MSNBC's Rachel Maddow announced she had gotten a hold of Donald Trump's tax returns earlier this week, there was naturally a LOT of hype.

"We got a statement from them, they started calling us fake news", Maddow said to Fallon before offering up a theory without any evidence that Trump may have leaked the returns himself.

Colbert went on to reveal the first part of the joke, which turned out to be one of the most well-known jokes in America.

The joke in question: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"

He paused for a few seconds before saying, "The answer right after the break".

And if none of those things are true ... then show us the tax returns so we can stop freaking out about it.

Presidents and major candidates for the White House have routinely released their income tax returns.

Tuesday, voters got a single view from a single harbor: two pages of 2005 returns sent by who-knows-who to journalist David Cay Johnston. 'The bombshell is that some of his tax returns have been released'.

MADDOW: This document has surfaced. The story is that he paid around $50 million dollars in federal and state income taxes in a single year. This is the man who, when in the first presidential debate Clinton suggested he doesn't pay federal income taxes, interjected: "That makes me smart".

'I think the reason people are so excited about it is that it's really weird that the President hasn't released his tax information'.

"Because I have information about the president doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal", she said. "It is amusing to me that a president would spend this much energy and political capital to keep secret his finances and his taxes specifically and simultaneously would want to brag about how much money he made". We just got it.

As a precaution, Maddow had produced an entire separate show that was ready to run in case the tax return story had to be sidelined over authenticity questions.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

'Dumb Mistake' Isn't The Reason Vanderbilt Lost To Northwestern
Trailing by 15 with 13 minutes remaining, Fisher-Davis hit back-to-back 3's to cut the Northwestern lead to only 3 points. Jerry Nustra has been waiting since the 1960s for the Northwestern basketball team to make it into the NCAA Tournament.

French presidential election: Poll tracker and odds
Ms Le Pen, who has pledged to deliver "Frexit" if elected as the country's president, praised the United Kingdom for leading the way out of the "prison" of the EU.

NC State hires Kevin Keatts
But he's widely considered to be a rising star in the business - someone who took UNC-Wilmington to consecutive NCAA Tournaments. While it was his third straight loss to an ACC opponent with UNCW, Keatts is open to the challenge in Raleigh.

Modi picks Hindu hardliner to lead India's most populous state
According to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the most favoured in the party to be their representative in UP. BJP's firebrand leader Adityanath, who was not even in the race until Friday, emerged as the lead contender.

Manchester United not ready to dominate again: Mourinho
The boss said United's run of games, which will see them play on Monday, Thursday and tomorrow this week, proves the Red Devils have "enemies".

Federer claims record-equaling 5th Indian Wells title
I won the first one. 'So I will try and back it up there with a good tournament. "This has been a fairytale week once again". I want to play more, keep winning, keep playing better, but doesn't guarantee any result.

Cahill Scores Winner For Chelsea, Blues Believe Premiership Is Theirs
Stoke thought they had levelled through Bruno Martins Indi's header, but it was ruled out for Saido Berahino's push on Pedro. Chelsea moved 13 points clear at the top of the table and this season's Premier League title race is done and dusted.

Federal judge to hear arguments on Hawaii's lawsuit against revised travel ban
Today's decision is a victory for the rule of law and reminder that no one - not even the president - is above the Constitution. Watson wrote that the plaintiffs had a "strong likelihood of success on the merits" in their attempt to overturn the order .

Karan Avtar Singh appointed new Chief Secretary of Punjab
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in power in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, was a distant second with 20 seats. On 11 March, Congress had a landslide victory in the Punjab polls as it won 77 seats in the 117-seat Assembly.

Manchester City v Liverpool
I would say the consolation with this squad and Pep Guardiola at Barcelona was the ideal role model for a win-win situation. We will try and improve the team but it's impossible (to do that much) with the way the transfer market is".