MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow punk’d viewers last night when her big tease about President Trump’s 2005 tax returns turned out to be a big bust for liberals who were hoping to find that the President hadn’t paid any taxes, as they alleged during the campaign.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
What we've got is from 2005… the President's 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 15, 2017
Liberal actor Kal Penn got so bored he switched to reality TV.
I got bored w the tax return things and have been watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills the last 20 mins and I like it
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 15, 2017
Comedian Norm Macdonald, who was originally excited about what Maddow would reveal, questioned whether or not she broke the law.
Rachel Maddow says it is not illegal, but I thought possessing stolen goods is illegal.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) March 15, 2017
Maddow said that Trump declared $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in taxes, or about 25%—a figure widely cited by the media. By comparison, President Obama’s effective tax rate was 18.7 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) was 13.5 percent in 2014.
But according to The Federalist, Trump’s tax rate was closer to 79 percent, which would make Maddow’s big reveal even worse for liberals.
Here's the apples-to-apples rate comparison between Obama (18.7%) and Trump (79%), using adjusted gross income (AGI) as the denominator. pic.twitter.com/99RS9c48JF
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 15, 2017
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera said Maddow now has her “Al Capone Vault” moment, reflecting on his 1986 TV special in which he led a camera crew into s secret vault that once belonged to gangster Al Capone, only to find it empty when opened.