Stephen King, the acclaimed horror and supernatural fiction author, joined the Tax Day protest the best way he knows how. Wielding his pen – or, in this case, his keyboard – the legendary writer tweeted:
Come on, chickenshit, if you're man enough to drop a mega-bomb on Afghanistan, you should be man enough to release your tax returns.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 15, 2017
King referenced Trump’s willingness – eagerness, even – to drop the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan. He also showed no hesitation dropping 59 Tomahawk missiles in Syria and bringing the United States to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea.
However, Trump’s bravado disappears rather quickly when it comes to releasing his tax returns. He has not only broken precedent by failing to do so, but also rejected repeated calls by both lawmakers and Americans, claiming that he will release them once he is no longer under audit by the IRS. The IRS claims that there is nothing stopping him from releasing the documents while under audit.
Today, thousands of Americans took to the streets in a massive Tax Day march to demand the release of Trump’s tax returns. While Trump famously declared that Americans “don’t care” about seeing his taxes, the sight of angry protestors filling the streets in nearly every major city in America says otherwise.
King is right; Trump is quick to put American lives in danger overseas, but has no interest in finally revealing what he is hiding in those documents. Rest assured, Trump: this will not blow over, and Americans will not forget.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.