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.

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