Stephen Colbert Parodies Rachel Maddow's Trump Tax Return Reveal

Mar 21, 2017, 00:47

After speaking briefly with a chicken expert and diving slightly-less-deep on the history of roads, the joke was (almost) revealed.

Maddow is in the clear because she didn't leak it, she just broadcasted the information after getting verification from the White House that the tax forms were valid.

Stephen Colbert parodied Rachel Maddow's report on President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns, using a classic joke to poke fun at the MSNBC host's lengthy preamble.

"We got a statement from "em", she said".

Maddow herself has taken the ribbing in stride, retweeting Colbert's "why did the chicken cross the road?" bit late Wednesday with a good-humored comment. "They're trying to threaten us for publishing them which is complete bull". He really sells the pauses, and then caps it all off with a glorious finishing move, saying, "But whether or not you're a Trump supporter ..." Do tax dollars pay for roads?

It was only after criticising the Russian links to the new administration that Maddow eventually revealed the two-page document from 2005; it showed that the business tycoon had paid millions towards the Alternative Minimum Tax - a special rate applied for high earners who routinely take advantage of tax deductions.

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

Still unanswered are countless burning questions.

You don't need to be a tax lawyer to get a sense of how incomplete a picture that draws. Maddow and Johnston speculated on Tuesday's show about whether Trump had something to do with the document turning up in Johnston's mail. We're gonna get this thing answered ... We have his federal tax return for one year, for 2005.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had the MSNBC presenter on his show for a valedictory lap, a hint that relations may not be so frosty between the network and its cable news cousin.

America may not know why Trump won't show his returns himself, but it's clear he's not ashamed of the one Maddow obtained.

"I want to be trustworthy to my audience", the anchor said. He paid 38, looks like $38 million in taxes.

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