The Tax March: Protesters around the country call on Trump to release his taxes – Washington Post
President Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2 in Washington. (Pool photo by Win McNamee via Bloomberg News)
From Seattle to the District, protesters are gathering in cities throughout the country Saturday to call on President Trump to release his personal tax returns. The protests fall on the country’s traditionally recognized deadline to file taxes, April 15.
In all, more than 100 marches are expected to occur throughout the day. The main march unfolded in the nation’s capital, where protesters gathered for a rally in front of the Capitol and then planned to march near the Lincoln Memorial in the afternoon. In South Florida, activists say they will march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying this weekend.
Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.
In Washington, participants at the march portrayed the president as a greedy politician who refuses to be open about his financial dealings.
Hundreds wore shirts with an image of Trump’s face as the Monopoly mascot. Others held signs with former president Richard M. Nixon’s face, saying even Nixon, who resigned the presidency in disgrace, released his taxes. There was a large inflatable chicken, with hair that resembles Trump’s, suggesting Trump is “too chicken” to release his taxes.
C.J. Ingram, a D.C. resident in her 50s who works in a funeral home, attended the march, her first protest during Trump’s presidency.
“I’m really mad because he made Barack Obama produce his birth certificate, and he’s not even producing his tax returns,” Ingram said. “Come on, really? What are you hiding?”
Jennifer Taub, a professor at the Vermont Law School, had the idea for the march in January. She says she pushed the effort because she cares “about transparency and conflict of interest.”
“I think it’s important for us, we the people, to express First Amendment rights and say we want to see them,” Taub said.
In the District, a lineup of speakers included Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.).
On Saturday morning, Tax March participants started tweeting pictures of the signs they would be carrying and images from the beginning of the marches.
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