By J. D. Heyes
(NationalSentinel) Media: Rachel Maddow and MSNBC had a major non-scoop last night about President Donald J. Trump’s taxes: The guy pays them! And what’s more, for the tax year (2005) in which Maddow obtained The Donald’s Form 1040 (we’ll get into how she got it in a moment), he paid more than Big Government “Give us all your money” Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideological soulmates, the Obama’s.
Who knew that Trump pays taxes? Scoop! Scoop!
Only, it wasn’t. What Maddow’s major story turned out to be, as Slate, of all publications, panned, was little more than a sad, pathetic attempt at feeding red meat to her liberal base. Ratings-wise, it was probably a good night for The Rach, but in terms of “scoop” and “content,” not so much.
The longer Maddow went on, ever deeper into a conspiratorial thicket, the clearer it became that whatever tax returns Maddow had, they weren’t as juicy as the ones she was talking about. If she had anything that damning, she would have shared them from the start. TV is a ratings game, but an entire episode about highly damaging tax returns is just as likely to get you great ratings as milking the possibility that you have highly damaging tax returns, and less likely to get you compared to Geraldo.
The debacle was so bad that even MSNBC’s sister network, CNBC, turned on Maddow:
The 2005 tax return could have been an anomaly. Maybe Trump doesn’t pay this much in taxes normally. Or, maybe he usually pays more. Who knows! Either way, this story has created the appearance that Trump does in fact make a lot of money, and he pays millions in taxes.
Maddow’s nothing burger even gives the president and congressional Republicans a little break from the nonstop hate directed at the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s controversial Obamacare replacement legislation. It also takes a little heat off of Trump over his claim that the Obama administration “wiretapped” him (like The New York Times said in this January report).
But the overarching theme here is that Maddow, after more than a year of liberal probing of Trump’s tax history, has proven that indeed, he does pay taxes – and more than many of her lib icons – which is something most of us either assumed was the case or didn’t care one way or the other. If you live, work, or buy anything in America, you’re going to be paying taxes to someone. And in Trump’s case, as a builder of great things, besides taxes there are fees, licenses, and other associated costs of doing business in America.
Uncle Sam gets his pound of flesh from all of us, one way or another.
As Maddow has demonstrated.
Now, to the issue of just how Maddow came into possession of Trump’s 2005 returns – she got them from David Cay Johnston, a far-Left perennial Trump hater who claims the documents just showed up in his mail box. He even speculated that Team Trump may have sent them to him, though why they would have chosen someone like him and not a friendly journalist is a mystery.
But here’s the thing: Whoever sent them, if it was unauthorized, just committed a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Johnston is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and just recently, a Times columnist, Nicolas Kristof, happened to suggest someone commit said felony and leak Trump’s returns to the paper.
That is the real story here – not the Maddow “scoop.”