Liberal pundit Van Jones had to admit that Trump’s tax returns do nothing but shed a positive light on his character.
“If all we get tonight is that Donald Trump paid $38 million to America’s government, that’s a good night for Donald Trump,” Jones said. “I’m sorry, but there’s just really no way–I was hoping and praying that it would show not only did he pay no taxes, he actually charged the government and got money back.” “I wanted something I could get excited about,” he added.
CNN host Anderson Cooper then said, jokingly, “What you wanted was that he was paid in [Russian] Rubles.”
It was obvious to many that Maddow was using Trump’s tax returns as a publicity stunt – even liberal outlets admitted as much.
Some people appreciated Maddow’s journalism, though.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 15, 2017
Later on CNN, host Don Lemon asked the reporter who broke the tax return story on Maddow’s show, David Cay Johnston, how the tax information was detrimental to Trump.
“How is this not good for Donald Trump?” Lemon asked.
“Oh, I think it might be good for Donald Trump,” Johnston responded. “One of the things that’s very strange about this is Donald Trump probably would benefit from releasing his tax returns with a lot of people.”
The tax returns were confirmed in a statement from the White House.
“Mr. Trump paid $38 million even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of $150 million,” the statement read.
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