Rachel Maddow announced she had President Trump’s taxes this week.
She built up a ton of anticipation and then made everyone wait about 30 minutes while she discussed ridiculous conspiracy theories and shoddy ties the President has with Russian Oligarchs. She then revealed her big get… 2 pages of a 2005 1040 that showed President Trump paid $38 million on $150 million earned income or in other words, he paid a higher tax rate than most Presidential candidates in recent history. Shocker!
She is now paying the price for her “click bait” journalism.
Via Fox News Insider:
“The Rachel Maddow Show” saw its ratings plummet 36 percent on Wednesday, compared to the prior night.
That drop was even sharper in the key demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds, the viewership of which fell 54 percent, Sandra Smith reported.
Maddow received criticism from all sides after she and journalist David Cay Johnston revealed Trump’s tax forms on national television.
Geraldo Rivera said it was Maddow’s “Al Capone’s Vault” moment, referencing a 1986 report in which he opened the mobster’s vault live, to find little of value.
Maddow defended her decision on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Show Wednesday.
“Was there a huge, damning bombshell in these tax returns? No. The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns were made public for the first time when he’s been trying so hard to keep them secret,” Maddow said. “The reason you want any president’s tax returns is because you want to know if he’s beholden to anybody. You want to know if he might be acting as president with divided loyalties.”
“I think the reason people were so excited is because it’s really weird that the president hasn’t released his financial information,” she told Fallon. “It’s really odd, and there’s reasons to worry about it.”
She added: “So when we found out that we had one, it was like speaking to a group of people dying of thirst in the desert and we were like, ‘Behold, we have found a drop. A drop? You have a drop!'”
President Trump had something to say about it as well:
Maybe next time Rachel will think before she creates hysteria over a non-story. Most likely not.