MSNBC darling Rachel Maddow saw her ratings plummet after her much-hyped reveal of President Trump's tax forms last week turned out to be a colossal nothingburger. I mean, I'm a big fan of Rachel Maddow, I want her on the air.
Some 4.1 million people reportedly watched Rachel Maddow reveal that Donald Trump paid nearly $40 million in taxes for 2005.
Of course not. Because, you see, dear reader, it was not Maddow who was to blame for the episode. Trump's response demonstrates ethical cluelessness at best and contempt for this country's long-standing democratic norms at worst.
This information was gotten illegally and released by somebody to Maddow, illustrating that Trump paid a 25 per cent rate of tax, to the tune of $38 million in 2005.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. "Because we also want to know if you have big loans to Russian oligarchs, or whatever". "This is getting played".
"Nordstrom's has dropped Ivanka Trump's fashion line", NBC's Seth Meyers said, "and Auto Zone will no longer carry Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.'s hair grease".
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Despite embracing politically beneficial disclosures from organizations like WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, the Trump camp has slammed leakers inside the government and the White House for revealing sensitive information to reporters that often embarrasses the new administration.
There is something, or many somethings, in the Trump tax returns. "The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns were made public for the first time when he's been trying so hard to keep them secret", Maddow told host Jimmy Fallon.
On "The Late Show", Stephen Colbert, outfitted in a Maddow-esque getup, approached his bit by claiming that he had obtained a joke heard by Donald Trump - "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
Trump took care to describe this one as "extremely credible". "I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. And while Trump's tweeting about a department store, a lot of people are wondering what the return policy is for presidents".
Maddow wasn't even off the air - MSNBC kept her on for more than her hour to continue discussing the story - when she came under attack by one of Trump's most vocal defenders on television: Fox's Sean Hannity.
'But they put them out, and I think it was awful.