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Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes

"I did what was an nearly impossible thing to do for a Republican - easily won the Electoral College!"

Numerous rallies were held nationwide on Saturday to push Trump to release his tax returns, which he refused to do during the campaign, breaking with more than four decades of tradition for major-party candidates.

"If he's got nothing to hide, he should release his tax returns", said protester Liz Turner, 31.

Trump asked who funded the "small organized rallies", before pointing out that "the election is over".

Demonstrators in dozens of US cities and towns, including Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Palm Beach, where Trump was spending Easter Weekend at his resort Mar-a-Lago, marched on Saturday to demand Trump release his tax returns. The deadline for filing tax returns for income from the previous year traditionally falls on April 15, the day of the march, but because the date fell on a weekend this year, it was pushed to April 18.

While some may consider this debate long over and fruitless, the reality is that a whopping 80 percent of Americans want the President to increase his transparency by releasing his tax returns.

"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters".

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But 71-year-old Ilene Singh said he's wrong. "We're here to say we care", said Singh.

In Berkeley, California, police arrested at least 20 people after fist fighting erupted at separate unrelated rallies at a park where about 200 people for or against Trump gathered. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" one said.

"We'll have to get back to you on that", Spicer replied.

"I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very lovely and we'll be working that over in the next period of time, Chuck", Trump said.

Trump said throughout the campaign that he would not release his taxes, and his spokesman said prior to today not to expect financial documents from last year's earnings, either. The groups also asked lawmakers to make sure the benefits of estate tax repeal aren't undermined by eliminating or restricting the use of the stepped-up basis.

ROBERT SAPLIN: Seems like he's been getting away with not paying his taxes, not paying his fair share.


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