Tax Day Demonstrators, Including Sarah Silverman and Debra Messing, Demand Trump Release His Taxes
Marches are taking place Saturday in 150 cities, including L.A. and NYC.
Protesters are taking part in Tax Day demonstrations nationwide on Saturday, calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Tax March organizers said marches are planned in about 150 locales, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Mar-a-Lago, Fla., and Washington, where theirs began with a rally at the U.S. Capitol. The rally began at noon on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol, and marchers then headed toward the Lincoln Memorial.
"We're marching on Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump: RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS," reads the mission statement. "Until he does, we'll never know what he's hiding or who his policies are designed to benefit. We need a president who works for all Americans — and a tax system that does, too."
Several in Hollywood, including Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Jon Cryer, Chris Evans, Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, How to Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry, Andy Richter, director Ava DuVernay, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and actress Lea Thompson, took to social media to voice their support, with many joining in on the marches.
Celebrities and lawmakers alike joined the demonstrations in New York City, where protesters planned to march to Trump Tower. Silverman told the Associated Press that she feels "beholden to be an active citizen."
Trump is the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. He later said that voters don't care.
After spending Saturday morning at his golf course, Trump's motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-a-Lago, avoiding Tax Day protesters as he headed toward his Palm Beach estate.
Several hundred protesters marched across the bridge that divides West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Don the Con," ''Go back to New York," ''Show your taxes!" and "Show me the money!"
Berkeley, Calif., police say 13 people have been arrested after violence broke out Saturday between groups of Trump supporters and detractors who held rallies in downtown Berkeley.
They say demonstrators left Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park and are blocking several streets in the city's center.
About 200 people were at the park when some started pushing each other. Dozens of police officers in riot gear were standing nearby and quickly arrested one man. Others were arrested as several fistfights broke out.
Officials say officers have confiscated knives, flagpoles, helmets and sticks with signs on them, among other things that were being used as weapons.
Protest organizers say Americans deserve to know about Trump's business ties and potential conflicts of interest.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns. One of Trump's harshest critics, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, spoke at the rally at the Capitol, saying there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes and that "the simple truth is he's got a lot to hide."
Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.
See the the #TaxMarch protests being documented on social media below.