'Who paid for' rallies seeking release of tax returns


THOUSANDS of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched through streets across the United States on Saturday demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign powers.

Minutes earlier, Trump once again gave his favorite history lesson: "easily won the Electoral College!"

President Trump promised at many different points to make his tax returns public, and still, he has shown no indication of releasing the returns.

And on February 3, in the midst of major protests against Trump's first executive order on immigration, the president tweeted that "Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Trump, who beat Hillary Clinton in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote by almost 3m ballots, was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, reneging on a campaign commitment to release them. Trump was the first major-party nominee in four decades to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. And that includes taxes for President Donald Trump, too, of course - though he could certainly seek an extension.

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"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!" he tweeted.

Saturday's tax demonstrations were timed to take place days before Tuesday's deadline for taxpayers to file their returns.

However, in the city of Berkeley, Calif., things went left as Trump protesters and "March4Trump" supporters got into violent scuffles that left at least 21 arrested and 11 injured, according to CNN.

People participate in a Tax Day protest on April 15, 2017 in New York City. Though there is now no real motivation for Trump to release his tax records, it is clear that it is an issue that is and will continue to be very important to the American people. He later said that voters don't care. "I hope Republicans see it". Protesters say Americans deserve to know about Trump's potential conflicts of interest.

The Tax March in Denver, one of more than 150 held across the nation, was also held in the hopes of creating pressure for Congress to enact legislation forcing elected officials to release their tax returns.