MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow set the internet ablaze with anticipation on Tuesday night when she teased the release of President Donald Trump’s taxes.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
But when the big reveal finally happened, it seemed to fall dreadfully flat. Conservatives and Trump supporters reveled in the major flop, comparing it to Geraldo Rivera’s infamous Al Capone vault debacle, while many on the left were also left disappointed by the lackluster scoop.MSNBC/Screenshot
The two-page tax return from 2005 showed Trump earned $150 million and paying about $38 million in federal taxes. Trump has been accused of paying nothing in taxes in the past. As Independent Journal Review’s Joe Perticone reported, the White House also released details on the tax return while Maddow took her time to reveal the information she possessed.
The reaction on Twitter was brutal. Donald Trump Jr. even got in on the action.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 15, 2017
There was a lot of comparing the moment to Al Capone’s empty vault:
Imagine Geraldo's regret when he opened Al Capone's vault to find Rachel Maddow's report on Trump's taxes. pic.twitter.com/RH3FRZtV66
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 15, 2017
Geraldo called, and has invited Rachel Maddow to join him from Al Capone's secret vault for her next show.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) March 15, 2017
And countless others piled on:
— Ken Ungian (@YeahKenny) March 15, 2017
Trump just played Rachel Maddow so hard. Textbook
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 15, 2017
Help! Rachel Maddow's career has fallen and it can't get up!
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow tonight. pic.twitter.com/zxLyJjzN4n
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 15, 2017
BREAKING: Rachel Maddow breaks Guinness Book record for longest-ever non-story told to a horrified cable news audience.
Rachel Maddow's next big TV spectacular will be Donald Trumps 1997 dental records. #TrumpTaxReturn
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) March 15, 2017
Effective tax rates in 2005:
Thanks Rachel Maddow for commitin' a felony for this info. Merica.
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) March 15, 2017
Twitter can be a very unforgiving place.
Meanwhile, even CNN’s Van Jones admitted that revealing Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 made it a “good night” for the president.