As pretty much every American knows, April 15 is the usual deadline for those who live and work in the U.S. to file their taxes. (This year, it was extended to Tuesday, April 18.) And as pretty much every American also knows, Donald Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter who did not release his tax returns as part of his presidential candidacy – and still refuses to do so.
And so, protesters across the country organized Tax Marches, demanding that Trump release his tax returns.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) pretty much summed it all up in her speech at the Washington, D.C. Tax March. “We know what this President is all about,” she said. “He does not believe that he has to be accountable to the people, but we will pressure him…If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he’s got another thought coming.”
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) April 15, 2017
Below are some fun signs and photos of the crowds from a variety of U.S. cities. I couldn’t possibly fit all of them – stretching from coast to coast, red state to blue state – without crashing the speed of this page load, but please check out the Tax March website to see where one (or two!) took place near you.
— Justin Needham (@jneedhamspkt) April 15, 2017
Good turnout in Austin. Trump’s 2016 taxes aren’t being audited! WE CARE. pic.twitter.com/0z4pUh1GJX
— Lissa Hattersley (@lissahat) April 15, 2017
— Claudia Morera (@hiClaudi) April 15, 2017
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 15, 2017
— Tax March CHICAGO (@TrumpTaxMarchCH) April 13, 2017
— Aaron Cynic (@aaroncynic) April 15, 2017
— Alan Stedman (@AlanStedman7) April 15, 2017
Los Angeles, California
— Ninja Librarian (@dewey800s) April 14, 2017
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 15, 2017
New York, New York
— Resist Here (@ResistHere) April 15, 2017
— dareling1986 (@dareling1986) April 15, 2017
Palm Beach, Florida (home of Mar-a-Lago)
— Ruth.Weinfeld (@WeinfeldRuth) April 15, 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina
— Cordelia Whitfield (@luckyRabbit) April 15, 2017
— Rich Smith (@richsssmith) April 15, 2017
And of course, Washington, D.C.
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) April 15, 2017
Trump infamously protested that ordinary Americans “don’t…care at all” about his tax returns, and “the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters.” In addition to pretty much every poll on the issue, these marches should provide plenty of evidence – in a pattern that he must be finding familiar at this point – to prove him wrong.
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