Donald Trump's leaked tax payments turned out to be a bit of a non-event
Two pages of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns may have been released in leaked documents revealed on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.
The documents reported the president had earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in that year.
The report stirred all sorts of feelings among people, including those who felt it had proved Trump had not only paid his taxes, but at a higher rate than the average American.
Trump’s 2005 paid taxes were below the 27.4% that taxpayers earning $1 million dollars a year average were paying that year, according to data from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
Others also claimed the leaked documents held no weight as they detailed information from over a decade ago, and didn’t disclose the taxes Trump has paid since – something more than one million people called for in a petition during the presidential election.
Trump responded to the drama by questioning the means in which the documents were obtained, calling it “fake news”.
In short, everyone still seems to think exactly what they thought before the leak.