Rachel Maddow pulled a Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday night, promising to release the long-awaited Trump tax returns during her MSNBC show. Liberal hearts warmed across America hoping to find a connection between the President and Russia, or that he paid no taxes at all.
Progressives were crushed to find no connection between Trump and Russia, and were even more disheartened to discover that he paid $38 million in 2005 alone. The President’s effective tax rate was 25 percent, which is higher than socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or billionaire Hillary supporter Warren Buffet.
Sanders had been a long time accuser that the President didn’t pay his fair share of taxes. He mocked Trump back in early November on Twitter that he was going to finally pay up when Hillary wins.
Not only is Donald Trump going to lose on November 8th, but next year he's going to start paying his fair share of taxes.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 2, 2016
In 2014, Sanders had an effective federal tax rate of 13.5 percent — he only paid $27,653 on his $205,271 income that year, reported National Review.
Billionaire Warren Buffet, who backed Clinton in 2016, also slammed Trump in the past over the tax issue. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway famously demanded that Congress raise taxes on billionaires like himself. He paid only 16 percent or $1.9 million in federal income tax in 2015.
Progressives like Buffett and Sanders may enjoy bashing Trump over taxes, but when it comes to actually paying, it’s a whole other story.