Some kind of mask at the Chicago Moons the Trump Tower rally two months ago

By John Ruberry

On Saturday, three days before the deadline to file 2016 federal income tax returns, there were a couple of dozen rallies across the nation that called for President Donald J. Trump to release his returns to the public.

The republic somehow managed to survive nearly 200 years before Richard M. Nixon, under pressure by the way, became the first president to release his federal tax returns.

Yesterday I worked. I was building my income for next year’s tax deadline date, so I cannot pass on my eyewitness observations on any of yesterday’s anti-Trump rallies. But as with another tax-related anti-Trump gathering, one that I did see in person, Chicago Moons the Trump Tower, according to media reports, there were many colorful costumes, including masks, as well as meticulously designed signs. Leftist rallies are part protest and part Mardi Gras. For the progs these festivals are nothing more than a way to blow off steam, and a less expensive method than a session at a shrink’s office, unless, of course, you spent a lot of money on your Trump mask with devil horns, bright orange hair, and a Hitler mustache.

The mainstream media, that is the anti-Trump media, fawned over this springtime Festivus, unlike the dismissive tone they took with the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party rallies, which were arguably the halcyon moment of the Tea Party movement, that is, until Trump’s election last year.

Blogger running the Boston Marathon in 2004

“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over,” Trump tweeted this morning. And yes the election is indeed over. Despite last year’s haranguing by the Democrats and their media allies, Trump still won the presidency even though he didn’t make his returns public. That bus left the station. Very few Americans passionately care about Trump’s tax returns, unlike such concerns as keeping more of their income.

But there is an upside to Saturday’s frivolities. At least those leftists who designed those striking Trump masks already have their Halloween costume in hand. Make Halloween Great Again.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


Yesterday the I stopped at the JFK Building in Boston:

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Site of the Invention of the Telephone

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For Boston’s Tea Party Protest at the IRS office.

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I got there very early

And was there when the first tea party protester arrived

As the clock neared Noon the small tea party contingents arrived.

The call into Michael Graham was delayed till the bottom of the hour meanwhile I interviewed other tea party protesters

And spoke with Political consultant Brad Marsdon

At it’s peak the crowd topped 30 but with only 21 hours notice it wasn’t a bad job.

But the most fun I had was my interview with the fellow protesting the tea party.

I think the tea party is very lucky in its foes and i suspect if the news of Tomorrow’s taking of the 5th had been out even with under a days notice the crowd would have impressed more.


Before we get to the Gallery there is the matter of this week’s paycheck

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This has been to this point the worst start to the weekly paycheck I’ve had in a while. I’m only $17 toward the $300 paycheck.

It’s not an easy time and there are worthier causes out there right now, but to pay the mortgage I need 60 people willing to kick in $20 a month or 15 people willing to kick in that $20 each week.

If you think coverage like this is worthwhile please consider being one of them.

Woke up as the bus shook its way toward the tolls near exit 18 as we work out way south toward Washington.

About 20 to 25 of us boarded the bus in Auburn MA.

I was very tired and crashed almost at once, so I wasn’t awake to see how many people boarded on the two stops in Connecticut to pick up additional passengers so I don’t have a count of the numbers currently on-board but a count in the dark makes it about 40.

This is one of several buses leaving from various states that will converge on DC. The base plan is a meeting with Scott Brown’s staff, followed by the main protest near the Supreme Court building.

As this is the middle of a workweek I’m not sure how many people can be mustered to drop everything for a 28 hour loop from home to protest and back, but if you can get working people to give up a day for such a trip or retired folk to do the same on what was at the time of departure a rather chilly evening that means something.

Paused to do a live update for the WCRN morning show as we cross into Maryland. The sun is still down but we’ve been informed of the basic plan. We are to meet with Scott Brown’s team in DC on the repeal of Obamacare (I presume the Connecticut folks are meeting with their own people). From there we join the DC protests near the Supreme Court.

My own plan is to get as many interviews with people at the scene as I can while interviewing folks on the bus on the way home. The Bus has wi-fi but uploads are slow and I’m still finding my way around this new laptop came which arrived at the house literally less than an hour before I left (my thanks to all of you who kicked into the bleg still $1305 from the goal if you’d like to help) Had to leave so fast didn’t get a chance to set up my e-mail so I might be hard to reach until Wednesday.

The Bus leaves for home promptly at 5 p.m. so there will be a scramble to get as much as I can recorded and uploaded. For the first time in a while I don’t have space worries so updates will all come down to net access although I have several post already scheduled for the day just in case.

Closing thought, if people are this energized now what are we going to see in November?

Debbie Lane talks to me at the 9/11 protests at the Washington Monument

Her group and site is the Abigail Adams project that is very much worth your notice.

Dianne talked to me at the 9/11 rally at the Washington Monument

Unlike most people Dianne a trucker approached me rather than me approaching her. That had never happened before other than two ladies on the Metro who were going to a ball game.

After Dinner on the 11th I went to CVS to buy more minutes for my phone card where I ran into these tea party supporters.

This explains why one should always have a camera if you want to do this kind of thing.

Considering all of their husbands have been dead for almost 2 centuries they look rather spry:

I talked to these ladies on Sept 11th, they also appeared at the Sept 12 rallies