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The Scramble: Taxes, The Trump Chicken, Sean Spicer

Apr 17, 2017

Presidential press secretaries usually keep a low profile. They don't typically try to control the room or get defensive or mean with reporters.  They don't typically break news or become the butt of jokes on late-night TV. They don't typically perpetuate information proven to be untrue and then assume a threatening manner when asked to support the claim. In short, Sean Spicer is a press secretary like few we've seen before. 

Protesters gathered in major cities Saturday with their "Trump chickens" ahead of Monday's tax deadline to protest President Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.  The Tax March has gained momentum since the president's January press conference where he stated that only reporters, not the voters who elected him, cared about his tax returns. "I won," he said. "I became president. I don't think they care at all."

But an April Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll found 53 percent of voters say Trump should release his tax returns. He's the first president since Gerald Ford to refuse, which makes it difficult to understand whether the president is benefiting financially from policies that stand to hurt millions of Americans. 

GUESTS:

  • Frank Lesser - Emmy-winning writer for "The Colbert Report" and the author of Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside
  • Casey Latiolais - Motion graphics artist, designer, and creator of the "Tax Chicken" 
  • Seth Stevenson - Slate contributor and author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.