On Saturday April 15, traditionally Tax Day in America, over 200 marches and rallies took place across the country and beyond, to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns.
The president refused to disclose his as a candidate and now in office, claiming that they are under federal audit and that the public does not care to see them. “I won; I became president. I don’t think they care at all,” Trump said about releasing his returns before the inauguration.
This weekend’s tax marches disproved him. The various events were organized to demonstrate to the president that the public does care about his returns; that many are suspicious of possible conflicts of interests regarding his business enterprises, and of potential entanglements with Russian creditors.
Approximately 25,000 marched in Washington, D.C alone, with tens of thousands more in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. All shared the same demand: Donald Trump, show your tax returns.
On Easter Sunday, Trump responded via Twitter to condemn the “small organized rallies” and call for an investigation into who put them together.
“I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican—easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” he tweeted. “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” he wrote as a follow up.
Trump’s Twitter outburst should give the Resistance movement hope—at the very least, the marches are getting under the president’s skin, enough to prompt him to tweet about them in anger. The continued presence of the resistance in the street is a loud and powerful message to the White House: that this opposition is not giving up or going away.
But more than that, the tax marches brought the disparate groups of the resistance movement together under a single banner – for the first time in a long time. Over the past few months, individual resistance groups and activist organizations have gone — for lack of a better word — underground, busy working at the local level to fight the administration.
From the outside, this can be mistaken for a lack of activity, but the Tax March demonstrated a cohesiveness that has not been on display since the Women’s March in January. Make no mistake, the resistance movement is alive and well – and the upcoming Science and Climate Day marches over the next two weeks will add more flame to an already raging fire.