In an absolutely stunning failure, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow released Trump’s tax returns on her show Tuesday night. Although it was hyped up to seem that something scandalous would be found in the returns, they were completely normal and showed Trump paying $38 million in taxes.
Now, Maddow is trying to blame the overhype on her viewers.
In a statement made to the Associated Press, she said:
“Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal. It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.
I don’t really care. It is funny 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. If that’s really what he wants the story to be, he can release all of his taxes and we can all glory in his immense wealth.”
And insider source told Page Six that NBC, the parent to cable news network MSNBC, is not pleased with Maddow’s segment:
“It’s their cable network, but it’s still NBC News. [NBC] did not appreciate being kept in the dark … To hype such a big story and not really deliver is a bit embarrassing. Airing a story you’ve hyped 20 minutes into your broadcast makes it a lot less of a ‘breaking news’ story.”
It is possibly due to this friction between the networks that Maddow is attempting to place blame on her viewers instead of herself. Even though Maddow is right that having information does not automatically make it a scandal, her Twitter feed and personal hype about this information definitely portrayed it as such.
Trump critics were hoping to find a scandal hiding in the 2005 1040 form, but were disappointed to find that the President paid his fair share. $38 million dollars, to be exact.
This news provides the perfect flashback to a tweet from Senator Bernie Sanders:
While President Trump paid roughly 25% of his income in taxes, and according to 2014 tax returns Sanders only paid 13%.