UPDATE: President Trump SCOOPS MADDOW: Releases Taxes Before Her Broadcast
Rachel Maddow on MSNBC teased her Tuesday night program in a series of tweets promising a bombshell revelation of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
And what will Trump’s tax returns reveal?
The first social-media post alluded to Maddow’s possession of the documents.
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
Then Maddow watered down the salacious news, as she offered a bit more information. Maddow then offered some specifics regarding what she planned to discuss on air.
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
2005?! Talk about looking for a rating scoop.
Interestingly, you can bet that even using Trump’s tax returns as “click bait,” Maddow won’t win in the ratings battle against FOX News.
Even though Trump’s tax returns could be considered “Al Capone’s vault,” you can bet the media will do all they can to make hay. I for one didn’t watch the show but will comment more on the freak show that follows.
In typical Donald Trump showmanship, he beat Maddow to the punch, releasing his tax returns before her broadcast.
The White House on Tuesday night released some details of President Trump’s income and paid taxes from 2005, as MSNBC prepared to release the information in an evening broadcast.
Trump reported $150 million in income and $38 million paid in taxes, according to a statement from the White House.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had teased Tuesday evening that she had Trump’s 1040 form from 2005. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted, “This is the night we’ve been waiting for.”
MSNBC alerted the White House about the information, and the White House seemed to opt to take the punch out of the report, releasing the major numbers itself shortly before the broadcast — and slamming MSNBC in the process.
Well played, Mr. President!