After White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disdainfully declared on Fox News Sunday that “this” Congress isn’t “smart enough” to understand Donald Trump’s tax returns, Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) had two words: “Try me.”
The challenge was just one of a cascade of snarky responses to Sanders’ demeaning dismissal of House Democrats’ demand for six years of Trump’s returns that the Treasury Department has so far ignored.
Casten’s comment was clear: Give us the tax returns.
Other responses pointed out that members of Congress have managed to wrap their brains around some challenging issues, including writing the tax code — and that many have far greater experience and more advanced college degrees than Trump.
To my friend Rep @SeanCasten, White House @PressSec Sarah Sanders thinks we are too stupid to understand taxes. Maybe she's right because I don't understand why the @GOP tax law increased taxes on middle class families in my district. Can you help me understand? https://t.co/JdkY6mQQyQ— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 14, 2019
All the President’s men and women seem to share his fear of giving his tax returns to Congress, as the law requires.— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 14, 2019
Sorry @PressSec— you can go on TV to hurl juvenile insults at the entire United States Congress all you want, the President still has to comply with the law. https://t.co/RT7tieUuiA
Let me remind @PressSec that WE have MA in Political Economy, we are doctors, lawyers, former CIA agents, former Mayors, scientists maybe it’s you who wouldn’t be able to explain? Either way using insulting comments are never a good way to begin this or any conversation https://t.co/LODgzdxxyy— Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@RepDMP) April 14, 2019
165 members of Congress have law degrees. 8 have master of law degrees. 16 are medical doctors, 6 are scientists, and 5 are accountants.13 have PhD’s.— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) April 14, 2019
Meanwhile, Sarah, what’s the name of that crappy little Bible college where you got your undergraduate degree in communications?
I should laugh at this but I’m too devastated from my recent diagnosis of windmill noise cancer.— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) April 14, 2019
Maybe Sanders is too obtuse to understand Congress has many staffers who are experts on the tax code -- folks who are probably a lot smarter than Sarah Sanders and Donald Trump and who understand the tax code far better than Trump does.— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) April 14, 2019
Deliberately continuing Trumpists campaign to demean any institution/person who might challenge his authoritarian reign.— Moe Murph (@MamurphyMaureen) April 14, 2019
It is especially provocative as it is a direct slam at our Constution, as slur is aimed at a co-equal branch if government that, um. WRITES TAX LEGISLATION.
Well then she should have no concerns about releasing them.— Leela🦎 (@keezljt) April 14, 2019
I'm sure the 600 forensic accountants employed by the FBI could muddle their way through them.— Kip (@kippen91) April 14, 2019
Let’s find out.— Veterans for Pete Buttigieg (@Vets4Pete) April 14, 2019
I “love” that we can simultaneously be the BEST county in the world & have a congress that is too stupid to read T’s tax returns. Which one is it, Sarah? Are we exceptional or dumb? These people put together the budget for the entire country but Trump’s return is too hard?— Vasiliki Bieber (@vass78) April 14, 2019
Oh? Were they prepared in Russian?— Really Mom (@Resist_Agitate) April 14, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.