In response to President Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway stating that the American public is not interested in seeing his tax returns, activists are planning to mobilize demonstrations on April 15, usually known as Tax Day, to call for the commander-in-chief to be transparent with his financial information.
On Jan. 22, Conway asserted that Trump would not be releasing his tax returns even after his purported audit is over, citing that his lack of financial disclosure had not impacted him during the presidential race.
“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” Conway told CNN. “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”
Conway’s comments prompted activists online to call for a demonstration on April 15, The Huffington Post reports.
“Trump claims no one cares about his taxes,” tweeted out Frank Lesser. “The next mass protest should be on Tax Day to prove him wrong.”
The proposal was retweeted by thousands.
“Let’s go to work on a Tax Day Protest in D.C. and at local IRS offices around the country to demand that Trump release his returns,” Beau Willimon tweeted. Patton Oswalt, Keith Olbermann and Dave Foley also expressed support for the idea on Twitter.
Tax Day this year will occur on April 18. The planned day for the marches, April 15, is the date that is usually reserved for Tax Day and will also be a Saturday.
Throughout both the GOP primary and general election campaigns of 2016, Trump had vowed to release his tax returns after an ongoing audit of his finances was completed.
“Because of the size of my company, which is very, very large, I’m being audited,” Trump said in response to questions about his tax returns during a GOP primary debate in February 2016, according to USA Today.
Following that debate, the IRS released a statement asserting that no law “prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information … The IRS stresses that audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer’s return and the underlying tax law — nothing else.”
On Jan. 23, Conway appeared to backtrack on her previous statement, indicating that Trump may still release his tax returns after his audit is completed.
“On taxes, answers (& repeated questions) are same from campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed,” Conway said on Twitter.
Sources: CNN, The Huffington Post, Kellyanne Conway/Twitter, USA Today (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr