Happy Easter? Not for President Donald Trump, who used the holy day of resurrection to resurrect old grievances while lashing out against protesters demanding the release of his tax returns.
“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies,” Trump tweeted a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and dozens of other cities to demand he release his taxes. “The election is over!”
Trump claimed he “did what was an almost impossible thing to do for a Republican,” insisting that he “easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?”
While Trump did win the electoral college, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, both Republican presidents, won by wider margins.
The president also repeated unsubstantiated claims that some of the protesters against him were “paid,” despite the fact that Trump himself used to pay actors to pose as rally supporters.
The so-called “Tax Day Protesters” have taken to the streets to demand Trump release his tax returns as nearly all major presidential candidates have done since the 1970s.
Trump has dismissed calls to release his financial information, at first claiming he couldn’t release them because he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. He then announced he would not release them at all, insisting the issue was only of interest to journalists.
But a recent Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans believe the president should release his tax returns.