Dem Rep Raskin on Trump Tax Protests: ‘We Were Conceived’ In Protest Against Kings Collecting Taxes But Not Paying Any

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) stated of protests in favor of President Trump releasing his taxes, “We were conceived in tax protest against royalty and against the idea that there are kings who can collect taxes, but not pay any and not disclose their own.”

Raskin said, “[T]here are no kings in America. We were conceived in tax protest against royalty and against the idea that there are kings who can collect taxes, but not pay any and not disclose their own. And so, it’s time to get back to that old-fashioned American tradition of tax protests.”

Raskin added, “Well, there are special forms that go along with the 1040, where he will have to reveal, assuming he follows the law, all of his business partners. And so, we’re going to find out exactly whether he has relationships with foreign governments, kings, princes, dictators, their corporations, and banks, everything that’s forbidden by Article I, Section IX, the Emoluments Clause. That’s one thing that’s going to come out. We’re also going to determine to what extent he’s been gaming system, as he somewhat bragged about during the campaign, but we’re about to start debating tax policy, and we’ve to know all the bobby traps and loopholes and gimmicks that he wants to put in the tax code, literally to benefit his family, his corporation, and his friends.”

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