Thousands demand President Trump release his tax returns at Denver protest

Violet Powell
April 16, 2017

Five tax day marches are scheduled across the Bay Area Saturday in protest of President Donald Trump refusing to release his tax returns. Until we see these returns, we cannot be certain that the president is not personally profiting from the policies he is proposing, or that foreign governments don't have leverage over him that can be used to influence American policy.

More than two dozen marches have been planned in protest around the state, including one at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.

Trump has said that Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls show 74% of Americans say he should release them.

Local marches will coincide with the Tax March on Washington, also Saturday. Comedian Frank Lesser tweeted the suggestion the day after the January 22 women's march.

The tweets caught on, and now Taub and Lesser are co-founders of the march, which has garnered the support of almost 70 progressive organizations. "I think it is important for us, we the people, to express First Amendment rights and say we want to see them" Taub told the Washington Post.

"I'm all about 'follow the money, '" Taub said.

"The White House response is he's not going to release his tax returns", Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "This Week".

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Tuesday, April 18, is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.

Protest organizers say Americans deserve to know about Trump's business ties and potential conflicts of interest. The Park Service permit indicates that organizers expect up to 10,000 people.

The Tax March will begin at noon Saturday on the west lawn in front of the Capitol with a lineup of speakers that includes Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Jamie Raskin, according to a press release. The event is expected to end about 2:30 p.m.

The tax return dilemma is circulating around the news since the presidential elections, when the contenders of the current head of office have demanded their release; questioning the transparency of the real estate mogul.

"For us as a group, Donald Trump's refusal to disclose his tax returns is extremely troubling", said Lisa Ferino, co-director of South Bay Indivisible. "Donald Trump is hiding something", she says. Voters broadly agree that Republicans in Congress put the interests of corporations and the wealthiest Americans ahead of average Americans (80 percent, including 48 percent who agree strongly), and that it would help grow the economy if the country made sure the wealthiest Americans paid their fair share in taxes (88 percent).

There is no law requiring presidents to release their tax returns, but Mr Trump has found himself under public pressure and some information from a 2005 tax return was leaked to the media last month.

Democrats are demanding that Trump release his tax returns after he repeatedly refused to during the campaign.

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