Maddow Mess Begs the Question: What IS a “Fair Share”

By now most everyone in the political world has seen, heard, and laughed at MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for her “BREAKING” scoop about President Donald Trump’s tax return…from over a decade ago in 2005.

Somehow even when riding the crest of the anti-Trump hysteria wave with the best viewership ratings of her life, selling a nightly diet of half-truths and smarmy prevarications to an audience that would believe her if she told them Donald Trump once worked as Vladimir Putin’s oral surgeon, she still managed to make a fool of herself.

If you want to know how bad it was, just consider the reaction to her report from former Hillary Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon. When Maddow first teased that she would be “BREAKING” the Trump tax return story that night, Brian took to Twitter to characterize his excitement by declaring, “The Holy Grail.”

Just an hour and a half later Brian was back on Twitter advising, “Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured, not get distracted by two pages from ’05 tax return.”

What happened, you ask? Rachel Maddow managed to reveal to the country that Trump was indeed quite financially successful and that he paid an extraordinary amount in taxes. For liberals who have convinced themselves that Trump has not been paying taxes, this was not a helpful revelation.

Undeterred by Maddow’s crash and burn, other leftists got to work trying to find some anti-Trump angle to play up. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux went back to the rhetorical well of liberalism and trotted out a classic:

“The release of President Trump’s 2005 taxes raises more questions than answers like whether he skipped out on paying his fair share of taxes more recently.”

It’s almost as though she lifted that line straight from Bernie Sanders himself. Remember it was the Senate’s senior socialist who tweeted just 6 days before the election,

“Not only is Donald Trump going to lose on November 8th, but next year he’s going to start paying his fair share of taxes.”

As it turns out, the wealthy Donald Trump actually paid quite a bit “fairer” of a share in taxes than the wealthy Bernie Sanders. While Trump paid a 25.3% tax rate, the six-figure socialist paid only a 13.5% rate.

And while we’re on the topic, could Malveaux or Sanders or even Maddow finally provide some kind of explanation for what a “fair share” of taxes would be? Given that people making $435,000 are only 1% of the population but shoulder 38% of the nation’s tax burden, what exactly would be “fair” for them to pay?

Maybe that will be revealed on the next Maddow show.

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