On Tuesday evening, a bombshell: Almost in unison, the White House and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow unveiled President Trump's 2005 tax returns. Maddow's source appears to have been journalist David Cay Johnston, who leaked pages from Trump's 2005 tax return documents to his website, DC Report. The White House responded minutes before Maddow's show aired by publishing the documents itself. Immediately, Twitter lit up with memes about Maddow broadcasting Trump's tax returns to the world.
In a statement apparently timed to coincide with the beginning of Maddow's show, the White House said:
It was a naked attempt to make Maddow's story less newsworthy. Trump is, in fact, the first president to ever not make his tax returns public, although The New York Times published takeaways from his 1995 tax return during his presidential campaign.
During the campaign, Trump insisted that he was being audited and would release the documents in good time. After becoming president, he seemed to break with the notion that he would release his tax returns altogether.
Here's what Twitter had to say about Maddow's big reveal.
1. What's It Gonna Be?
2. Of Course There's A Biden Meme
"i gave the tax returns to maddow. but i told her to take her time with them"— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 15, 2017
"joe you didnt"
"people gotta know boss" pic.twitter.com/03prtBV0ll
3. ... And A Lin-Manuel One
trump: i will never release my tax returns— antonio (@antoniodelotero) March 15, 2017
rachel maddow: pic.twitter.com/9CqkUCQpX0
4. Trump Thought He Was Home Free
Trump: You'll never see my Tax Returns— osias (@osiaaas) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow: We have Trump's tax returns, tune in tonight on NBC
5 Rachel Maddow Has Gotta Be Feeling Like...
Rachel Maddow and MSNBC currently pic.twitter.com/xSVKlLg9in— Patrick Lewis (@PatrickLewis_) March 15, 2017
6. ... Or Is She?
Trump watching Rachel Maddow get the entire political universe to watch her show just to reveal that he actually paid $38M in taxes in 2005. pic.twitter.com/0W5TvMzI7b— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 15, 2017
7. Some Viewers Were A Little Bored
Quick update on Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax return report pic.twitter.com/zLJjSBLL0a— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) March 15, 2017
8. Others Were Gripped
Me watching this Rachel Maddow Trump tax live stream: pic.twitter.com/RKT7h6OI9K— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) March 15, 2017
9. ... And Back To Biden
RACHEL MADDOW: “Come over”— Kevin Dugan (@kvndugan) March 15, 2017
ME: “I can’t, there’s a snow apocalypse going on outside”
RACHEL MADDOW: “I’ve got Trump’s tax returns”
10. Of Course We Need To Bring The Tape-Tie Incident Into This
Trump racing back home to watch Rachel Maddow: pic.twitter.com/4UkzBa15iB— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) March 15, 2017
11. It's Unmissable Television
Me: That's enough of me being petty on the internet today— #resist (@karmandabynes) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow: I have Trump's tax returns.
12. And It's Just Like...
Trump: You won't see my tax returns— Altif Brown (@altifbrown) March 15, 2017
Kellyanne: You won't see his tax returns
Rachel Maddow: *Releases Trump's tax returns* pic.twitter.com/Qyrx4eAXPD
14. Especially For Some
Hillary watching Rachel Maddow rn. pic.twitter.com/iht32F8zPr— Spicen Capwell (@Spicenthingsup) March 15, 2017
15. I Mean, How Can We Not?
Me: I'm done with reading anything about Trump, it's mentally and emotionally draining.— Simone (@SimoneRacanelli) March 15, 2017
Rachel Maddow: I have Trump's tax returns.
me: so i gave up drama for lent— joe malunda™ (@maloonds) March 14, 2017
rachel maddow: i have trump's tax returns
17. Even If We Don't Have Cable!
Me, a millennial with no cable, trying to figure out how to watch Trump's tax returns on MSNBC: pic.twitter.com/oR2TcET0OK— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) March 15, 2017
18. Come Onnn!
19. There's Gotta Be Panic In The White House
Rachel Maddow got Trump tax returns.— Gilluis Pérez (@Gilluis_Perez) March 15, 2017
Trump Cabinet: pic.twitter.com/xuV6IjUvAM
20. People Were So Ready
Man if Rachel Maddow really comes through with these Trump tax returns I swear the entire TL is gonna be like pic.twitter.com/titvOjrYb5— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) March 15, 2017
21. So, So Ready
Rachel Maddow has Trump's tax returns!— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) March 15, 2017
The TL: pic.twitter.com/wvJSzvFYj9
22. So, Who Leaked It?
I think we all know who is behind leaking Trump's tax returns to Rachel Maddow. pic.twitter.com/1SyKaMbEeK— Calvin (@calvinstowell) March 14, 2017
23. And Why?
I'm forming a prayer circle that Rachel Maddow ends Trump's political career tonight. pic.twitter.com/JTz2x8UBs9— Calvin (@calvinstowell) March 14, 2017
24. And What Even Is This?
I can independently verify Rachel Maddow's reporting on the Trump chicken balloon. It's a 10-foot-tall inflatable chicken and it's glorious. pic.twitter.com/xSw7Hc6SGO— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) March 15, 2017
25. Was It Even That Exciting?
26. Aaaand Back To Biden
Obama: "Where are you going..."— Micah A. (@LetMicahDown) March 15, 2017
Biden: "Lunch with Rachel Maddow"
Obama: "What's that in your hand..."
Biden: "Don't worry about it..." pic.twitter.com/Loy697pzIs
There's never a bad time to bring out the Biden memes, people. As Biden well knows.