Rachel Maddow mocked on Twitter for 'fake hit' on Trump's tax returns
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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.
SEE MORE: Part of Trump's 2005 tax returns revealed
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.
Check out some of the harshest responses in the gallery below:
Criticism of report on Trump's tax returns
Rachel Maddow has nothing. Fake News In fact this helps Trump. The assumption was that he paid no income tax Now we know he paid $38M
Congrats @Maddow now, Rachel Maddow has out-Geraldo'ed Geraldo Rivera. #FakeNews so dumb, Mexico just got 10 feet l… https://t.co/76cgakMw1L
Rachel Maddow just said move over @CNN let me show you what Fake News really looks like, as Geraldo yells out I thought I had that covered
Rachel Maddow (@maddow) is going to get roasted for possibly eternity for this embarrassing fake hit piece on Trump
Rachel Maddow helped uncover the fact that Trump in 05 paid roughly 10% more than Bernie Sanders did a few years ago. Thanks!
Tomorrow on Rachel Maddow: We have Trump's real birth certificate!
"So, what does it say?"
Thank u for your #Resistance 👍🏻
Rachel Maddow is the joke of social media. @maddow
BREAKING: Tomorrow night Rachel Maddow will reveal Donald Trumps 2002 receipt from Arby's! Spoiler he likes the Beef N Cheddar! so do I 😋
So Rachel Maddow is risking jail time to "inform" Americans that Trump is really rich and probably needs a better CPA
Rachel Maddow revealing Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns was as exciting as Larry King saying "You're on the air."
Has Rachel Maddow revealed anything yet? I know the show is over, but I'm still waiting.
Rachel Maddow: Got Trump's tax returns
Maddow: He obeys the law
Media: NOOO! BOOO! Maddow is #FakeNews!!
Drudge: Trump paid higher tax rate [25%] than MSNBC Comcast [24%], Obama [19%], Bernie [13%]. Great reporting Rache… https://t.co/wJNZzdYuNK
Watch Rachel Maddow's brilliant take down of.. her own credibility. Only on MSNBC..
Patriots won at overtime. Hollywood ends with #Oscarfail Rachel Maddow shows the world how rich Trump is & he pays… https://t.co/yl6MOQxoKQ
Diamond and Silk react to Rachel Maddow and the "Bombshell" release of Trump's 2005 tax returns. #hannity https://t.co/FivjApqWwv
Many thanks to Rachel Maddow for proving that Trump paid even more taxes than 1%-hater Bernie!
So Trump made ~ $411,000.00 per day and paid 25% in taxes. Thanks "Rachel Maddow" for making a fool of yourself. #trumpstaxes
And at least a handful suggested perhaps the ultimate conspiracy theory -- that the president might have leaked and orchestrated the entire situation himself.