Protesters in Portland demand Trump's tax returns
Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest.
Seven marches happened in Oregon, including downtown Portland's march from Terry D. Schrunk Plaza. Between 1,000 and 1,5000 people turned out for the Portland march, which started at 1 p.m. and wrapped up around 3:30 p.m.
"I'm here because I think our government is corrupt and I think we have the right to know what our president is up to financially and whether he is beholden to other governments," Portland marcher Amara Holstein said.
Trump is the first major party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. He later said that voters don't care.
"You can't have democracy if you don't have the full facts and full info to make a well reasoned choice," Portland marcher Leanne Serbulo said. "So democracy demands transparency."
Oregon Republican Party denounced the event as one of a series of perpetual protests by anti-Trump fringe groups.
"It must be frustrating for so many Oregonians who want to enjoy a beautiful, sunny Easter weekend in Portland to have perpetual, professional, astroturf protesters disrupting their day with POLITICS, especially over an issue that only fringe activists care about. What taxpayers REALLY care about is tax relief and simplification as they agonize to prepare their returns and write hefty checks to the IRS this weekend. They won't get help with that from these protesters," Oregon Republican Party spokesman Kevin Hoar wrote in a press releas.
The protests — dubbed the Tax March — were stemmed from the women's march that took place the day after Trump's inauguration. For many marchers, it was about more than Trump's taxes. Portlanders also turned out to air their grievances about a variety of issues they have with the president.
"I'm also out here today because I'm very upset about the deportations that are happening and I feel like Trump is separating families and we need to stop that," Serbulo said. "I'm here to stand up for my friends and my neighbors who are in danger of deportation."
The Washington, D.C., march began with a rally at the U.S. Capitol, where Sen. Ron Wyden called on Trump to 'knock off the secrecy." The Oregon Democrat says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share."
Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.
KOIN 6 News is a new partner of the Portland Tribune. Jim Redden contributed to this story.