Elizabeth Warren Says All 2020 Presidential Candidates Should Release Tax Returns

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who announced she will run for president in 2020, called upon all presidential candidates to make their tax returns public.

As the Massachusetts Democrat circulated a petition to follow her request, she tweeted this statement late Wednesday night:

"I put the past 10 years of my federal tax returns online," Warren wrote. "And now I'm calling on every other candidate for President to do exactly the same thing. Add your name to our petition calling on all 2020 presidential candidates to put their taxes online."

The petition states: "We've got to hold ourselves—and our candidates, and our elected officials —to the highest standard of accountability and transparency."

Warren announced her candidacy last weekend, whereupon the current commander in chief again mocked her claims of Native American heritage.

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"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President," President Donald Trump tweeted. "Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Trump has been asked to show his full tax returns since he ran in 2016, but he has yet to do so.

It's not clear if Warren is using her tax return request to target Trump, or potential independent candidate Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who ruffled Democrat feathers by announcing a possiblel run.

By Wednesday evening, following Warren's tax-release announcement, came the inevitable Twitter backlash.

"I'd like to see the tax returns for the Congressional leadership & top chairmanships from both parties, not just presidential candidates," one follower wrote. "Introduce legislation to that effect & I suspect we'll have bipartisanship in DC once again as everyone rushes to block such a bill."

"I'm calling on Fauxcahontas, aka, Lieawatha, to put copies of all Bar Association registrations, job applications, and CVs online so that the American people can see how many times she fraudulently claimed to be an American Indian."

"when is the DNC going to demand Trumps tax returns - wasn't that one of your promises before running for Prez"

While income tax returns are private, even for U.S. presidents, most presidents have made theirs pubic. One exception was Gerald Ford, who released summary data for his federal taxes for the years 1966 to 1975, according to the Tax History Project. It should be interesting to see how far Warren's proposal goes.

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