Trump: 'Who Paid for' Tax Day Protests?

'The election is over,' president tweets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 16, 2017 9:36 AM CDT
Trump: 'Who Paid for' Tax Day Protests?
As a speaker talks in the foreground, Rachel Gonzalez, back left, of Boulder, Colo., joins Becky Benedict of Erie, Colo., in waving placards during a rally and march in downtown Denver Saturday, April 15, 2017.   (David Zalubowski)

President Trump says "someone should look into who paid" for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns, reports the AP. "Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over," he tweeted Sunday. Furthermore: "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched Saturday through streets across America, demanding that the president release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign powers.

The demonstrations came on the date taxpayers traditionally have to file their returns by and just days before this year's filing deadline Tuesday. The tax day protests in more than a dozen cities were largely peaceful, though occasionally demonstrators and some pro-Trump groups taunted each other in face-to-face exchanges. In Berkeley, Calif., police arrested at least 20 people at unrelated gatherings of about 200 pro- and anti-Trump people in a park after fist fighting erupted. Trump has said that voters don't care about his tax returns. But many demonstrators said they hoped Saturday's marches would convince Trump otherwise. "We do care. We want to see his taxes," said one protester in Philadelphia, among many who were carrying signs and chanting "We want your taxes now!" (Saturday Night Live had a field day with Trump's press secretary on Saturday.)

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