MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thought she had a big scoop on Tuesday night with two pages of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return, but what she actually revealed is that several Democratic politicians pay a lower rate than Trump.
Trump paid $38 million, or 25%, of his 2005 $150 million income in taxes.
By comparison, former Vice President Joe Biden had a 2015 “effective tax rate of 23.3%,” the White House revealed last year.
While announcing President Obama’s 2015 returns, which found he also paid a lower rate than Trump — 18.7% — the White House said of Biden:
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2015 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $392,233. The Bidens paid $91,546 in total federal tax for 2015, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.3%. They also paid $13,729 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,882 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $6,620 to charity in 2015.
Obama and Biden aren’t the only ones paying less of their fair share than Trump.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported last year than spread-the-wealth-around socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders paid a 13.5% rate in 2014.
“Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, and his wife, Jane, had income of $205,271, according to the tax return. They made charitable contributions totaling $8,350,” according to the paper.
Maddow, Maddow on the TV, who pays the fairest share of them all?
Not the Democrats.