Stephen Colbert Hilariously Parodies Rachel Maddow's Trump Tax Return Reveal

21 March, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel

But before we can do that, we have to explain who Stephen Colbert is, who Rachel Maddow is, what can be considered a "implication", and how, exactly, one should define the word "substance".

Colbert devoted his Wednesday night to poking fun at Maddow with a special report of his own.

From there, Colbert teased out the joke in agonizingly slow detail, veering off into sidebars about the history of chickens, roads, and whether either of them had connections to Russian Federation.

Stephen Colbert mocked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's long-drawn out reveal of Donald Trump's tax returns this week.

The White House said in a statement that Trump took into account "large scale depreciation for construction". While she didn't reveal the income figures immediately, she did tell viewers at the top of the show the exact documents that were obtained and how they came to light, she said. The measure requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to release five years' worth of federal tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot. She revealed in a big anticlimax that Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax.

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"Because I have information about the president doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal", said Maddow.

MADDOW: We got it tonight, and I am sure it's only the start. "I want to be trustworthy to my audience and we're going to get this thing answered about his finances, and we owe it to this country and we're going to do it piece by piece", vowing to keep on the story. It's a long tradition in the news business. We have his federal tax return for one year, for 2005.

MADDOW: This document has surfaced. He paid 38, looks like $38 million in taxes. The MSNBC host had held forth for nearly half an hour before revealing that she had the first two pages of Trump's 2005 Form 1040. We just got it.

Portions of Mr. Trump's 2005 tax return were mysteriously leaked to Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston. "It is amusing to me that a president would spend this much energy and political capital to keep secret his finances and his taxes specifically and simultaneously would want to brag about how much money he made".

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