President Trump just trolled MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow right before she was set to announce the biggest scoop of her career! She is truly a loser, and Trump again showed why he so easily won the 2016 election in what was a masterclass in political skill.
This was the announcement that Maddow made, calling everyone to watch her show:
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
As Maddow would later explain, the returns were from 2005….BUT, just before her show started, the White House ruined her scoop by releasing the taxes to the media.
“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” a White House official told CNN.
Before Maddow’s show started, CNN was already reporting on this old news. In fact Van Jones was even giving Trump credit for what he paid in taxes!
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 15, 2017
The White House said Tuesday President Donald Trump earned more than $150 million in income and paid $38 million in taxes even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction in response to questions about the coming publication of his 2005 return.
The $38 million was in addition to “paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes,” a White House official said ahead of an anticipated MSNBC news report about the returns.
Because Maddow was reporting on old news and because Trump played a masterclass and ruined her scoop, her lengthy opening introduction was widely mocked on social media.
"Rachel Maddow's show is even more brutally unwatchable than I assumed" — the entire press corps
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 15, 2017
— Godfrey Elfwick (@GodfreyElfwick) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow and MSNBC pic.twitter.com/AaLVfZUSYv
— Around The League™ (@RTSportsTalk) March 15, 2017