Rachel Maddow’s epic clickbait stunt failed so miserably that she accidentally achieved the exact opposite of what she intended.
In fact, thanks to Maddow, America now knows Donald Trump paid a much higher tax rate in 2005 than many Presidential Candidates, including 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, John Kerry, GW Bush, and Mr. Socialist Bernie Sanders himself!
What MSNBC confirmed is that Trump made more money than some of his critics said he made in the period in question, and more importantly, that he paid a generous effective income tax rate, well above the 14.1% rate paid by Mitt Romney, and even higher than the 13.5% federal tax rate paid by Bernie Sanders in 2014.
Trump 2005 tax rate: 25%
Romney 2011 tax rate: 14.1%
Sanders 2014 tax rate: 13.5%
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 15, 2017
Sadly for Maddow, with this attempt at a “blockbuster” story which has quickly backfired, she may well have killed the great distraction that was the trope of Trump’s tax returns, and which the rest of the “resistance” press hammered on every now and then.
White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino twisted the knife into Maddow further by tweeting her a reminder of the big picture.
She and her fellow liberal propagandists LOST – BIG LEAGUE.
Rachel Madow⤵️ pic.twitter.com/SJQE8zxoCm
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) March 15, 2017