Celebrities are reacting to Rachel Maddow revealing Donald Trump‘s tax returns. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below. On Tuesday night, Maddow tweeted, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously).” She went on to write, “What we’ve got is from 2005… the President’s 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.” Immediately, celebs began responding on Twitter with a mix of curiosity and excitement.
Sophia Bush, for instance, exclaimed, “HOLY. SH*T. Let it all fall down.” Kathy Griffin reacted, “WHAT????? #Trumprussia #indivisible #resist #womensmarch #lgbt.” And Alyssa Milano went with, “ummmmmmm…..”
“Oh, this is delightful,” Chrissy Teigen tweeted, going on to guess Trump was “furiously trying to ban television right now.” Don Cheadle warned, “Don’t play with me, @maddow.” Patton Oswalt similarly said, “Holy SHI*. This better not be an empty tease. Wow…”
Come show time, Maddow said she had a “portion” of Trump’s federal return after it was “turned over” to a reporter. She credited that journalist, David K. Johnston, for obtaining the document, but admitted she did not know why it “surfaced.” The MSNBC host went on to recount how the president, then a candidate, refused to release his returns during his campaign, blaming it on an audit. “It ought to give you pause that his explanations have never made any factual sense,” Maddow insisted.
She then connected Trump to a Russian ogliarch, who paid him substantial money for a luxury home, raised questions about the recent U.S. attorney firings, brought up Michael Flynn’s firing, discussed the “unrelenting demand” to see the president’s tax returns, and said such “pressure” will never cease until more documents like this are leaked. As Maddow spoke non-stop, Rose McGowan tweeted, “Go @Maddow go.” Waiting for the big moment, Norm MacDonald said, “She is about to go through a rich guy’s tax returns. This should be powerful television.” Billy Eichner told followers, “Maddow knows more than you do times 10 so sit down and listen for a change SMDH.”
Maddow ultimately revealed that the 2005 tax form showed Trump paid $38 million in taxes, took a write-down of $103 million, and made more than $150 million. She also noted the White House, while confirming the authenticity of the return, released a statement ridiculing the “dishonest media” for running with the information and accusing the media of published the form illegally. Maddow stressed that there was nothing illegal about sharing it and nothing fake about her or her program. And Johnston, who appeared on the show live, said Trump essentially got a tax “discount” by the way he filed, and pointed out that the document doesn’t reveal the sources of his money. He also questioned whether it was the president himself who mailed it to him.
Teigen wasn’t satisfied. “Dammit. 2 pages!? give me the pee video. #teampeevideo,” she tweeted. Ava DuVernay thought, “Whatever #RachelMaddow has or doesn’t simply highlights that Trump’s tax release refusal has been a massive middle finger to public trust.” Griffin also tweeted to Johnston, “Thank you 4 doing your job. Deplorables & bots losing their sh*t tonight. @msnbc #Trumprussia.”
“Geraldo in the vault found more. But this is great theater,” opined Chris Harrison. Kal Penn admitted, “I got bored w the tax return things and have been watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills the last 20 mins and I like it.” Eichner argued, “Agree tonight was overhyped but @maddow is brilliant & digs into Trump’s corruption every night from every angle in a way few on TV do.”
Gabrielle Union quoted Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald saying, “For people who don’t get it: Trumps reported income for 2005 shows he has been lying about his net worth for years,” and wrote, “This… and so much more.” And when columnist Shaun King said, “I absolutely believe Trump released this tax return himself. Anything to distract people from the countless other scandals he’s mired in,” Bush wrote “Same. 100 [percent].”