The Internet Had A Blast Pointing Out Things That Happened The ‘Last Time Trump Paid Taxes’

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As with most days during this election, the antics of Donald Trump are grabbing headlines on Sunday. Today is especially odd, though, thanks to Alec Baldwin’s nearly spot on impression of the GOP candidate and the revelation of his old tax return by the New York Times. If Trump enjoys any type of publicity, be it bad, good, or apocalyptic, today has to be testing his patience.

The Times report shows that Trump claimed a $916 million loss in income on his 1995 returns, possibly allowing him to avoid paying taxes for 18 years. Even better is the apparent fact that all of this was legal under current tax laws, which almost all parties look terrible — at least in the eyes of normal, tax paying Americans.

There might not be legal ramifications from this initial revelation, but the court of public opinion quickly returned sentence on Trump and let him have it online. The tax returns inspired a wide array of responses, from the absurd to the angry and a few in between. The driving theme between most of them was quite simple: what happened the last time Trump paid taxes?

The hashtag #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes sprouted almost immediately after the Time released their report on Trump’s return and it allowed people to jump on Trump where he was most likely to see it — and when he was most likely to see it. Some folks decided to take the moment to keep things quite serious:

Other folks decided to use the moment to hold a mirror up to Trump yet again — and to his opponents:

But in typical fashion, most people decided to use the moment to make jokes and references. And whether they are intentional or unintentional, most of them truly do highlight just how long ago Trump’s tax hijinks were and how they are still affecting him today:

Some folks have some questionable timelines there, especially when it comes to the Moses references, but perhaps Trump is one of many throughout history. Like Dan Halen.

Patton Oswalt took the intiaitive to ask the tougher questions about The Times piece, namely who leaked the returns to the paper in the first place. The return address on the envelope says Trump Tower, but nothing is certain and the suspects could be endless. It allowed Oswalt to make the second Murder On The Orient Express / Agatha Christie reference you’ve likely seen this week, though, and that’s welcome:

But as one reply in his chain shows, the true suspect is clear and he is a noted, genius hacker. His father said so:

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