Tax Day cometh, but not for Trump

Sean Spicer Sarah Holliger

Sean Spicer Sarah Holliger

President Trump on Sunday criticized the weekend protests against his presidency and to demand the release of his tax returns, suggesting deep-pocked opponents "paid" for them and saying the 2016 presidential "election is over".

In blasting the protesters, Trump tweeted that "I did what was nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican easily won the Electoral College!"

Activists organized the mass protest, named "Tax March" in honor of Tax Day, to demand the White House to release the president's tax returns.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during Monday's press briefing that the president's most recent tax returns were still under audit, which was the reasoning Trump first used more than a year ago for why he would not release them.

Meanwhile, Trump was in West Palm Beach, Fla., avoiding angry protestors, but he took the time to tweet his reaction on Easter Sunday.

A poll taken in January, the results of which we have no reason to doubt still hold true, found that three of every four Americans - including a majority of Republicans - think Trump should release his tax returns.

Documents from Trump's 2005 federal tax return, obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, showed the president paid $36.6 million in income tax on income of more than $150 million. However, many tax experts say Trump is not barred from releasing the information during the audit.

But 71-year-old Ilene Singh says he's wrong.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes", Ann Demerlis, one of the protesters at the Philadelphia march, told ABC News.

The rallies were largely peaceful but in Berkeley, California, police arrested 13 people at unrelated gatherings in a park after fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Trump factions.

The release of tax returns is valuable as a measure of character and transparency. Experts believe those records would uncover any of Trump's financial conflicts of interest, including possible business ties to Russian Federation. In fact, publicizing tax filings has only been a custom in the United States since Richard Nixon released his tax returns in 1973 during the backlash of the Watergate Scandal.

Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA said, "I think people are gonna keep demanding it and they're gonna keep demanding it and making their voices heard on this".

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