Rachel Maddow's Trump Tax Reveal Brings Another Big Ratings Lift

18 March, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Rachel Maddow's Trump Tax Reveal Brings Another Big Ratings Lift

Nonetheless, it did give her show the highest ratings it's ever had, making it the second highest rated program in MSNBC history.

Less than 90 minutes earlier, Maddow had revealed on Twitter that her show had somehow obtained a portion of Donald Trump's 2005 tax return-and that all would be explained at 9 p.m.

Rachel Maddow and MSNBC teased the heck out of viewers when she tweeted this week that she had the "Trump tax returns" and would reveal them on her show. "If that's really what he wants the story to be, he can release all of his taxes and we can all glory in his huge wealth". "This is one of those times".

David Cay Johnston, the editor and founder of dcreport.org, said he received Trump's tax information in the mail Monday. It appeared so favorable to the president that Johnston - a longtime reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 - speculated to Maddow it was possible "Donald sent this to me". The returns do not indicate whether he paid taxes in other years or how much he might have paid. This is not a woman who believes in cutting to the chase.

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But Maddow fired back at disappointed critics in an interview with The Associated Press today, saying, "Because I have information about the President doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal. I definitely feel like, hey, if you're new, let me meet you where you are".

In addition to Maddow's not-so-short course in burying the lede, and the new understanding of how "over the transom" works, we all learned something else: just how fast Trump can move to release his tax returns when he wants to.

Her show has been on a high since Trump took office.

"The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns have been made public for the first time, when he's been trying to hard to keep them secret", Maddow explained.

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