Social media was abuzz tonight as Rachel Maddow’s promise to release Donald Trump’s tax returns quite literally “broke the internet.”
It all started with a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account:
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
The entire world went nuts:
I told everyone in line at this Bed Bath and Beyond that Rachel Maddow has the tax returns and it’s chaos!!!
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow has Trump’s tax returns.
Twitter be like: pic.twitter.com/Ps4df55ZwC
— Beth Rader (@BethRader) March 15, 2017
— Chris (@kccb68) March 15, 2017
Trump: You will never see my Taxes
Rachel Maddow: pic.twitter.com/FWnmeVowXQ
— Gaeri Rothschild (@GaeriRothschild) March 15, 2017
Me: I’m done with reading anything about Trump, it’s mentally and emotionally draining.
Rachel Maddow: I have Trump’s tax returns.
— Simone (@SimoneRacanelli) March 15, 2017
Then the episode aired, and many were let down by the big reveal:
I love Rachel Maddow but she was played. DT’s incomplete 2005 tax return distracts from a disastrous healthcare bill & Russia. #TrumpRussia
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 15, 2017
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 15, 2017
Did Rachel Maddow just fall into a trap? Too easy for him to spin as a positive. Why 2005? Was it the only year that he actually paid taxes?
— Kit Williamson (@kitwilliamson) March 15, 2017
Some even compared it to Geraldo’s #fail reveal of Al Capone’s vault:
— STOCK MONSTER (@StockMonsterUSA) March 15, 2017
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
Still, there are many who are applauding Maddow’s work for the resistance:
Since @Wikileaks is employed by Russia, thankfully we have journalists like David Cay Johnston & Rachel Maddow to expose Putin-puppet Trump.
— Bill Madden (@activist360) March 15, 2017
Regardless of opinion (on politics and / or the Rachel Maddow segment): America deserves the full release of @realDonaldTrump‘ tax returns
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) March 15, 2017
You can tell which twitter users have never watched Rachel Maddow before. She always provides context on major stories #TrumpTaxes
— Christopher (@sane_america) March 15, 2017
One thing is certain, Rachel Maddow proved by public interest in this episode ALONE that the AMERICAN Public DEMANDS TO SEE #TRUMPTAXES!
— Resist🇺🇸Now ☮ (@ItIzBiz) March 15, 2017
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 15, 2017
For ppl whining about @maddow :
1) She educated millions abt Trump’s Russian ties.
2) Ratings prove not just reporters care about his taxes
— Sue (@TwinmomSue) March 15, 2017
And as for the White House’s claim that Maddow releasing the 2005 tax returns was illegal, NICE TRY:
— Variety (@Variety) March 15, 2017