A recently resurfaced video shows an unexpected voice joining what, since 2016, has been a mounting chorus calling for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
This call came from Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a vocal Trump ally in the House of Representatives who recently made headlines for threatening Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen ahead of Cohen’s explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
In the 2017 video, which was revived on Monday by Democratic Coalition co-founder Scott Dworkin, Gaetz says to a dissatisfied constituent at a town hall:
“Let me say right here, right now: Absolutely Donald Trump should release his tax returns.”
"Let me say right here, right now. Absolutely Donald Trump should release his tax returns." GOP Rep Matt Gaetz pic.twitter.com/WcQKygIwIu
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 4, 2019
Donald Trump is the first President since the 1970’s to forego releasing his tax returns. During his candidacy, he asserted that he was under audit. Toward the end of the election, he told the public he’d release them if he won. When he won, he still refused.
It appears that Donald Trump is protecting some sort of secret concealed within the returns, but though voices demanding them grew even louder after the Cohen testimony, a video of Trump’s devoted Congressman Matt Gaetz calling for the President to voluntarily release his tax returns still confused many.
Okay, not pre-2017 out of context.
Yeah, that's what he said.
What the actual. Seriously, this is THAT representative Matt Gaetz?
Maybe it's low blood sugar? I can say some pretty weird stuff when I forget to eat during long projects.
— Yohannon, SUPER Stable Genius… Ask Anyone! (@Yohannon) March 5, 2019
Did he get hit in the head?
— Debbie Resists 🍑 (@debilu2) March 5, 2019
But many had theories.
I'm assuming this is an alien imposter. That's the only explanation that makes sense.
— Cyn (@OriginalCyn77) March 4, 2019
From February 2017, right? I guess two years and a great deal of evidence that those returns may be incredibly damning to @realDonaldTrump changed his strong, previous statement, eh?
— Rogue Phoenix 🆘 ⚖ 🏳️🌈🌊 (@LeoLawGirl) March 4, 2019
Who administered the pentathol?
— John Wisniewski (@WhiskeyMD247365) March 5, 2019
Two more drinks and he’ll tell us what actually happened to his college roommate.
— #StopTrump Sign (@DuhhhDonald) March 5, 2019
But for many, the two-year-old video does nothing to redeem Gaetz for one thing.