Well played! Trump out scoops Maddow on his tax returns, mocks MSNBC over ‘desperate’ ratings ploy

Um … so what?  That’s basically what the White House said in response to MSNBC shill Rachel Maddow’s “big scoop,” when she revealed two pages of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns.

According to Trump’s Form 1040 from 12 years ago, the billionaire paid $38 million in taxes on income of $153 million.

She got played! President Trump trolled Rachel Maddow on her “big scoop” by leaking his 2005 tax returns before she did.

Anti-Trumper David Cay Johnston, a former reporter for the New York Times, told Maddow someone had anonymously sent him the two pages through the mail.

The White House called the tax revelation a desperate stunt for TV ratings in a statement (at right): “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago.”

The Trump administration was totally blasé about the tax information that mainstream media had obviously hoped to crucify the president with.

If anything, Trump’s tax returns allayed liberal concerns that he had paid no income taxes at all, as Hillary Clinton and leftist media have repeatedly claimed.

Rachel Maddow inadvertently undermined an October 2016 New York Times story claiming Trump had paid no income taxes between 1995 and 2013.

The New York Times bleated this tabloid headline on Oct. 1: “Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades.”

David Cay Johnston — who once wrote a negative biography of Trump — fueled conspiracy theories by claiming the president could have leaked the tax returns himself.

“It’s entirely possible that Donald sent this to me,” Johnston told Rachel Maddow. “It’s a possibility. It could have been leaked by someone in his direction.”

Many on Twitter noted that the tax return was stamped “Client Copy,” suggesting it could have come from Trump’s camp.

So once again, President Trump has the liberal media chasing its own tail:

Trump supporters loved the idea that Trump trolled Maddow and mainstream media yet again.

Donald Trump Jr. thanked Rachel Maddow for her big “scoop” proving his dad paid a lot of taxes:

President Trump responded on Twitter, insinuating he had trolled the media after all.

Once again, Trump is playing 4-D chess while the press is playing checkers. Checkmate.

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