President Trump may think Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but this weekend, he's going to find out he's (still) wrong. More than 135 "Tax March" rallies are scheduled in cities across the world on Saturday, April 15, including one in downtown Orlando's Lake Eola Park.
Ashley Johnston, one of the organizers of the Orlando march, says many people, regardless of political affiliation, want to see Trump's tax returns to learn about his financial dealings and conflicts of interest.
"It's been a few months now, but a whole lot of people still care about this," she says. "We need that transparency because his whole campaign is under investigation."
Johnston, who lives in nearby Polk County, says many of her neighbors and family members voted for Trump during the election because they liked his ideas and business experience. But after talking with them now, Johnston says some of the Trump supporters she knows saw red flags after Trump wouldn't release his returns, despite promising his supporters and the press multiple times on the campaign trail that he would.
"A lack of transparency doesn't normally mean good things," Johnston says.
After attending a women's march in January, Johnston says she was inspired to organize something on her own, and joined with other local organizers from Central Florida for the Tax March. Activists are also supporting a measure that would require presidential candidates to release their returns. Currently, all presidents since Gerald Ford have voluntarily shown the public their tax returns, except for Trump.
"We have to fix this problem so we don't have to deal with it again," she says. "Trump said the American people don't care, and we're showing him that we do." – Monivette Cordeiro
The nonviolent Tax March in Orlando starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the corner of East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive. Organizers say they plan to rally here, then march to Sen. Bill Nelson's office at 225 E. Robinson St., and then to Sen. Marco Rubio's office at 201 S. Orange Ave.