On Sunday, President Donald Trump responded to protesters across the country who marched Saturday demanding to finally see his tax returns with a terse reminder (via Twitter, of course):
"The election is over!"
The date of April 15 has traditionally been the deadline to file taxes in the United States, and thousands of people in more than 150 cities participated in the Tax March on Saturday to protest Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly refused to release his tax returns, diverging from what had been a common practice among other presidential candidates for decades. The president's critics haven't stopped hammering him on the topic, either.
The main march Saturday unfolded in the nation’s capital, where protesters gathered in front of the Capitol and then marched west along Pennsylvania Avenue. In South Florida, activists marched to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying this weekend. Thousands more gathered at a large march in New York, where activists, comedians and a state senator spoke. Many of the protests featured an inflatable chicken, a mascot of sorts for the march, in a bid to mock Trump’s unwillingness to share his returns.
In response to protesters, Trump tweeted “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?” and then less than ten minutes later added, "Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!"
Trump previously claimed that people protesting against him were paid, a claim NBC News reports is unsubstantiated.
Yet, Trump allegedly used paid actors to play the part of attendees at his rallies during his 2016 presidential campaign.
As expected for a president who uses social media in such a brazen manner, Trump's comments Sunday spurred a lot of backlash on Twitter. Some derided his claim about paid protesters.
Others went in on Trump's reminder about the 2016 presidential election results.
In January, a poll from the Pew Research Center found more than two-thirds of Americans believe Trump is obligated to turn over his tax returns. It's safe to say those numbers, like the scores of protesters who turned out Saturday on Tax Day, haven't swayed the president yet.