Hundreds gather at Capitol to demand Trump release tax returns
AUSTIN, Texas —
Hundreds of protesters met at the capitol steps on Saturday demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. That's why they gathered for the Tax March, which is part of a nation-wide demonstration.
They say this is all about transparency.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to release his tax returns if he was elected president, but since taking office, he has said that his supporters don't care whether or not they are released.
According to a study done by the Pew Research Center in January, 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump has a responsibility to release his tax returns.
53 percent of Republicans polled said they don't think Trump needs to release his tax returns compared with 17 percent of Democrats who share the same opinion.
One of the march organizers, Jonathan Park, says people want to see the tax returns so they can learn more about his business interests and international ties.
"There's so many different forms out there that are still being kept secret that would allow us to know who his business connections are, who he's done business with, how much money he's actually making with them, and what deals are still in the works that could be allowing him to put his personal interests before the interests of the country”, stated Park.
Trump is the only president and major party nominee who has not released their tax returns in more than 40 years.
In response to his refusal to release his tax returns, several states have introduced legislation that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns or miss the opportunity to file for elections.