Protesters to take to streets to demand Trump release tax returns

Lauren Perry
April 16, 2017

Organizers of the Tax March, in honor of Tax Day coming up on April 18, hope the almost 150 scheduled protests will encourage the president to release his tax returns. "We care about what Trump is hiding, we care about who pays Trump - and we are going to keep working until we find out".

"Until President Trump releases his full tax returns, a cloud of suspicion will remain and make it much more hard to get tax reform legislation through the Congress", Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, said in a statement on Friday.

Organizers hope the protests - dubbed the Tax March - will resonate with Americans who think the president should release his returns, as his recent predecessors have done. The event is expected to end about 4 p.m.

The Massachusetts Democrat posted an online video Friday calling on Congress to force Trump to release his tax returns. In September, he told ABC News, "I don't think anybody cares, except some members of the press".

Saturday's rallies - sponsored by a large coalition of mostly left-leaning groups - is unlikely surpass that magnitude, but cities from Denver to Washington, DC are nonetheless expecting tens of thousands. However, many cities were only able to draw people fewer than 100.

The march is one of about 150 taking place in cities across the United States. "Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people".

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Almost nine in ten (88 percent) believe it is important for Trump to release his tax returns in order to "be more honest and transparent with the American people", including 62 percent who think it is "very important".

Two of the biggest tax marches took place in NY and Los Angeles, with each drawing about 5,000 people, according to estimates by Reuters reporters. In January, the president said, "You know the only ones who care about my tax returns are reporters".

Speakers in Denver include Rep. Jared Polis D-Colorado, ACLU of Colorado executive director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, state representatives Joseph Salazar, Chris Hansen and Edie Hooton.

Trump's aide, Kellyanne Conway, raised new questions over the issue when she stated in January that the president would not release his tax returns, a disclosure of financial information made by every president for almost 40 years and one that advocates and voters believe is important to guard against possible corruption. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org.

One of Trump's sharpest critics in the House says that Democrats and Tax Day protesters "will not be quiet" about his taxes.

The chants of lock him up in the nation's capital show that people more than care.

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