Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

President Trump says Tax Day protesters were paid

President Trump says Tax Day protesters were paid

Minutes earlier, Trump once again gave his favorite history lesson: "easily won the Electoral College!"

US President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at nationwide protests calling for him to release his tax returns, questioning "who paid for" the "small" rallies.

"CHICAGO PROTEST In Chicago, protesters gathered at Daley Plaza around 11 a.m., carrying signs saying "$how me the money" and "Release your taxes" in front of a giant inflatable chicken in the likeness of the president.

Trump, who beat Hillary Clinton in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote by almost 3m ballots, was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, reneging on a campaign commitment to release them.

Even now, with so many other issues ongoing, the American people still want to see Trump's taxes.

Or as the president describes yesterday, "small organized rallies".

He argues that he can not release them because he is being audited. "The election is over!" he tweeted.

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The demonstrations came on the date taxpayers traditionally have to file their returns by and just days before this year's filing deadline Tuesday.

Trump, of course, made waves as a candidate when he was the first candidate in decades to refuse to release his tax returns - ever.

The Hill reports that press traveling the usual way in vans came upon "hundreds of protesters" along the route demanding Trump release his returns.

Yesterday's marches drew famous participants and tweeters from Hollywood and NY. "Seventy-four percent of Americans do care and over 60 cities will be marching to make sure we are heard!"

Democratic Representative Maxine Waters, of California, said there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes and that "the simple truth is he's got a lot to hide".

"I'm actually hoping to find out that he has no questionable business dealings", said Lisa Curwen.

Protesters hold up placards outside the Mar-a-Lago estate to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax records as they cross the bridge into Palm Beach, Florida on April 15, 2017. Experts believe those records would uncover any of Trump's financial conflicts of interest, including possible business ties to Russian Federation.

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