Bill Maher calls Rachel Maddow's Trump tax scoop 'a big nothing burger'

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Rachel Maddow's segment-turned-media frenzy about Donald Trump's tax returns is over, done and gone... but certainly not forgotten, at least not by "Real Time" host Bill Maher or former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank.

"I'm a big fan of Rachel Maddow — I want her on the air — but you can be a fan of somebody and not like everything they do," Maher said Friday night on his HBO show.

He went on to say that he understood the hype that was given to kick off MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday by their tweet, "BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns," and acknowledged that's what people objected to but, he added, the countdown clock was like "liberal New Year's Eve."

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"And then it turned out to be a big Nothing Burger. Worse than a Nothing Burger. It was a Help Trump Burger," the comedian said, noting that the two-page document from President Trump's 2005 tax returns showed that he paid $38 million in taxes on earnings of $150 million, which is about 25 percent.

"Which is well within respectable! This is probably the best tax return he's ever filed... which makes me think this came from Donald Trump!" Maher said, suggesting that "liberals have to be careful these days."

"He's actually good at this," Maher said, referring to Trump. "If we want to win this, we can't get played. This is getting played."

"I didn't like what she did," Frank interjected. "Her journalistic scoop was, apparently, to say, 'Oh, thank you.' I don't consider that crusading journalism."

Maddow appeared on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to discuss her reveal of President Trump's tax returns that left some viewers disappointed earlier in the week. "Was there a huge, damning bombshell in these tax returns? No. The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns were made public for the first time when he's been trying so hard to keep them secret," Maddow told host Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the entire episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher" and the Maddow segment starting at the 36:00 mark here.

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