Demonstrators in Chicago demand Trump release tax returns

Caroline Beck
April 16, 2017

"Americans across the country will, once again, come together to send a clear message to Donald Trump: the President is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us", reads Tax March Austin's website.

Trump infamously protested that ordinary Americans "don' at all" about his tax returns, and "the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters".

On Saturday, thousands of protesters descended on Thomas Paine Plaza in Philadelphia to demand that Trump make his most recent tax returns public.

"I just think that somebody has got to start holding this man accountable", Baker said. Timing their march to coincide with the deadline to file tax returns to the U.S. Treasury, march organizers said they do care.

Organizers say similar Tax Day protests are being held in about 150 cities to demand that Trump release his tax returns. "Because of his refusal, Americans have been denied the opportunity to vet his potential conflicts of interest, and have been left wondering why Mr. Trump is so intent on hiding his business dealings and financial ties". "No", Saunders said, "but maybe it will spur Congress to force something to be done about his taxes", Patterson said, "And if they don't, we'll be paying attention on the upcoming elections". "We're here to say we care", said Singh.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Trump's motorcade "took a longer than usual route home from golf", to avoid the protesters outside his gates.

(This year, it was extended to Tuesday, April 18.) And as pretty much every American also knows, Donald Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter who did not release his tax returns as part of his presidential candidacy - and still refuses to do so.

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Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.

In addition to major USA cities, including Washington and Los Angeles, marches are planned in Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

The protesters chanted, "Show me what your taxes look like" and "We pay our taxes in this town" as they marched from Bryant Park toward Trump Tower.

"It's possible that he can now show his taxes, because his current taxes are not being audited", said Demerlis, who carried a sign saying, "Follow the Money".

"The White House response is he's not going to release his tax returns", Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "This Week". Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.). Donald Trump promised when he ran that he would release his taxes.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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