Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced a rowdy crowd at a town hall Monday when he defended President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
Constituents booed Cotton during the event in Little Rock after a resident asked him if he would support forcing the President to disclose his tax returns to see what ties he may have to foreign governments.
“As far as I’m aware the President says he’s still under audit,” Cotton said as constituents loudly booed him and several raised their red flags showing disapproval.
“The President is also right that this was not a secondary or side issue of the campaign, this was a central issue in the campaign … and he won this fight already,” the senator added.
In response to President’s relationships overseas, Cotton replied: Every federal officeholder, every candidate for office files a financial disclosure statement that shows your assets and your liabilities and second, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to find out where Donald Trump has connections overseas. He normally puts his name on buildings where he has them.”
Protests erupted nationwide on Saturday — also known as Tax Day — calling on the President to make his tax returns public.
Meanwhile, Trump was in West Palm Beach, Fla., avoiding angry protestors, but he took the time to tweet his reaction on Easter Sunday.
“I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” the President wrote.
Trump said during his campaign that he would not release his tax returns because he was under audit. However, the IRS has said, “nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”
The President had previously said the American people have no interest in seeing his tax returns because he won the presidency.
Trump is the first president in more than 40 years that has not publicized his tax returns.
Democrats are pushing for a measure to force the President and all majority party nominees to disclose their federal tax information with either the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif) was also booed by her constituents at a town hall in San Francisco when demanding she stand up to the “fascists in the White House.”