(Grover Norquist, Fox News) – The modern Democratic Party is hoping you care more about Trump’s tax returns than your own.
Ever since the dust settled on the November 8, 2016 election and America saw a Republican President, House and Senate, 33 GOP governors, 25 states with both a GOP governor and legislature and 67 of 99 state legislative bodies run by Republicans, the Democrats have been looking for the magic wand or secret incantation that could make this all go away.
“Trump’s tax returns.” Maybe if they say it three times while walking backwards around a cemetery drinking goat blood the world will be restored on its axis.
Tuesday night Rachel Maddow invited America to what she promised would be that exorcism. She had, she claimed, two pages of Donald Trump’s tax returns from 2005. Yes, two pages. Yes, 12 years ago.
Donald Trump reportedly earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in taxes in the year 2005. After months of breathlessly suggesting that Trump did not actually pay any taxes at all it turns out that the percentage of his income that he paid was just about what someone in his tax bracket would be expected to pay—and two and a half times more than the average taxpayer.