MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had the highest ratings in the history of her program on Tuesday after hyping on Twitter she was in possession of "Trump's tax returns" about 90 minutes before the show aired.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" finished in sixth place overall on TV with 3.015 million viewers, while CNN delivered 1.1 million.
The Form 1040 from 2005 showed that Trump reported $150 million in income and paid $38 million in federal taxes, for an effective tax rate of about 24 percent.
Trump is the first president in decades to not publicly release his tax returns. He has said he would not release them while he is being audited by the IRS, but the IRS has noted that an audit would not prevent anyone from releasing the information on their own.
Imagine Geraldo's regret when he opened Al Capone's vault to find Rachel Maddow's report on Trump's taxes. pic.twitter.com/RH3FRZtV66— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow announces she will release Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMatt Schlapp: 5 lessons Paul Ryan hopefully learned from healthcare debate Former DNC chair: Russian election hacking an ‘act of war’ Prices dictate energy supply trends far more than policy MORE’s tax returns as a 10-episode Netflix series.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) March 15, 2017
if you have news, Rachel, please tell us. soon. I'm not young.— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) March 15, 2017
MADDOW: ...and here they are, the returns which we have so badly wanted for the reasons I explai-- [two small children burst onto the set]— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow's next big TV spectacular will be Donald Trumps 1997 dental records. #TrumpTaxReturn— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) March 15, 2017
the NYT had a much bigger Trump tax scoop with much less annoying wind-up and irresponsible and unhelpful speculation— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) March 15, 2017