Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who President Trump attacked as a “low IQ person,” warned the president during a speech at an MLK event this past Friday that she and her fellow Democrats are coming for his tax returns.
“So Mr. Trump, you can call me what you want. You can try and interfere with my life in any way that you can. You’ve got the crazies out there who threaten to kill me, and what I’ve said to them ‘if you shoot, you better shoot straight,’” Waters said in a speech at the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Statewide Celebration at Harris-Stowe State University, which was posted on the HBCU’s Facebook page.
“I’m not backing down from this fight. I’m not backing down from the fact that we have contributed so much to this democracy,” she continued.
“We’ve sent our men and our women to war, who fought for this country, and came home and didn’t have a place to live, didn’t have a job, but they saluted the American flag. And they fought for this country, and you think I’m going to let you stand by?” she continued.
“Someone who’s done nothing but steal and lie and undermine? We’re gonna get your tax returns. We’re gonna find out where you money has come from, the way that you have cheated the IRS,” Waters declared.
While candidates for the presidency aren’t required by law to reveal their tax returns, candidates almost always make their returns public as a gesture of personal transparency.
Trump has resisted repeated calls to hand over his tax returns for review.
On the campaign trail, the Trump cited an ongoing IRS audit to avoid releasing his tax returns — an audit that has supposedly been going on since 2004.
Trump has since indicated he does not intend to release his documents.