Rachel Maddow mocked on Twitter for 'fake hit' on Trump's tax returns


Twitter erupted on Tuesday night after MSNBC host Rachel Maddow sent a single tweet announcing she had obtained a copy of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Chatter reached a fever pitch during her show as she discussed the specific information contained within the two pages of documents she had received from a D.C. reporter.

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But the details she eventually divulged -- which came from a 1040 form from 2005 and showed that Trump paid $38 million on more than $150 million in income -- drew mixed response.

Many, including Trump critics, complained that the revelation was unworthy of the uproar it had incited on social media.

Others pointed out that Maddow's report confirmed that Trump paid more than former presidential candidate and progressive hero Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama.

Trump's son, Donald Jr., joined the chorus of voices on Twitter as well, thanking Maddow for her reporting on the matter.

"Thank you Rachel Maddow for proving to your #Trump hating followers how successful @realDonaldTrump is & that he paid $40mm in taxes! #Taxes," he said in a tweet.

Other Trump supporters bragged that the revelation only proved that Trump paid an income tax rate far higher than what many of his critics had suspected.

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And at least a handful suggested perhaps the ultimate conspiracy theory -- that the president might have leaked and orchestrated the entire situation himself.