turns?” asked Ari Silver, a sophomore at Olympic Heights High School. Trump is the first major party presidential nominee in decades to not release his tax returns to the public.
The rally is one of 100 tax protests planned across the nation from Saturday through Tuesday, according to organizers.
On Monday, Trump is expected to visit Miami for a roundtable discussion on tax reform before starting his visit to the island. The White House has previously organized similar events around the country where the president promotes the $1.5 trillion tax cut that is his administration’s signature legislation.
On Saturday, the peaceful crowd, only a fraction of last year’s 700 Tax March participants, shouted chants such as “Dump Trump, go away” and “Have you paid your taxes today?”
The marchers weren’t met with much opposition beyond the occasional “Go Trump!” yelled from passersby along Southern Boulevard.
“They probably weren’t paid to show up today,” said Mark Offerman, march organizer.
He admits that protesters on all political sides seem to be burning out. He was conflicted about which march to attend Saturday: the Tax March or the March for Science at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. He went to the Tax March in part because he was asked to organize it, but also because the tax policy “is going to hurt everyone,” he said.
The new tax cuts don’t bolster middle- and lower-income Floridians, speakers at the march argued. The law is one of the largest reductions in corporate tax rates in the country’s history.
“The taxes take away from public education, Social Security ... every sector,” said Delray Beach resident Arlene Ustin, 74.
Talk of Russia, voting reform and climate change was interwoven with conversation about the tax policy that marcher Pat Taylor called “immoral” and “inequitable.” She, like many of the marchers, said the tax law was only a fraction of her complaints with the state of the nation’s politics.
As 16-year-old Silver put it, “it’s a lot more than taxes.”
People on the grounds of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club look toward a group of about 60 people carrying signs and chanting slogans as they march near the estate as part of a Tax March protest Saturday.
Tax March organizer Mark Offerman holds a sign linking Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Trump administration before fellow protesters and the “Trump Chicken,” which they said symbolizes the president’s cowardice in refusing to release his tax returns.