Jim Acosta's tweet of Trump's statement calling SCOTUS's tax return verdict a 'witch hunt' goes viral
'Trump responds to SCOTUS decision on his tax returns, claiming he’s the victim of political persecution,' Acosta tweeted, which has garnered 15,000 likes so far
It seems like you can take Twitter away from former president Donald Trump but you can't keep Trump away from Twitter. Despite being banned from the platform following the incitement of an insurrection last month, his response to Supreme Court allowing his federal tax returns to be handed over to New York prosecutors went viral on Twitter, after CNN correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted it out.
"Trump responds to SCOTUS decision on his tax returns, claiming he’s the victim of 'political persecution,'" read the caption to Acosta's tweet, which has garnered 15,000 likes so far. Trump's statement had all of his favorite catchphrases that he coined during his campaigning days as well as his time in the office such as “witch hunt” and "Crazy Nancy", which refers to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump responds to SCOTUS decision on his tax returns, claiming he’s the victim of “political persecution.” pic.twitter.com/JTFlR3WirS— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 22, 2021
The statement began with: "This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country, whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, 'Russia Russia Russia,' where there was a finding of 'No Collusion,' or two ridiculous 'Crazy Nancy' inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!"
Trump then went onto accuse New York City of "looking at almost every transaction I've ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S." and the Supreme Court for letting "this 'fishing expedition' happen". And no Trump attack in recent times is complete without him ranting about how the 2020 election was stolen from him, so a part of the statement read, "These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election — an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!"
In the end, he added: "I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!"
As soon as Trump's statement went viral on Twitter, the phrase "witch hunt" started trending on the platform as it has trended so many times before when he was the POTUS. Needless to say, an abundance of reactions followed, most of them mocking Trump's response as "whiny". "Panic in Mar-A-Largo!" one of them said, while another wrote, "So am I, but I pay mine." A third commented, "The eternal victim." Another noted "The world responds: 'Let's hope.'"
The next remarked, "Same routine different day." One more said, "Is is about winning... well of course it is... sheez." Another noted, "The law only becomes a 'weapon' to the ones who break the law." A person reacted with, "PRIVATE CITIZEN HARASSMENT!!!" A commenter tweeted, "Translation: those 3 judges of 'mine' sold me out."
Panic in Mar-A-Largo!— Aeion (@Aeion) February 23, 2021
So am I, but I pay mine.— donnaperrotta😷😷😷ResistersAreHeroes. (@DonnaPerrotta) February 23, 2021
The eternal victim. 🤦🏻♀️— Maggie (@magbean) February 23, 2021
The world responds: "Let's hope."— Looking for Wisdom (@keliza7117) February 23, 2021
Same routine different day— Mark Bauer (@245734bMark) February 23, 2021
Is is about winning... well of course it is... sheez.— elizabeth (@embconsultant) February 23, 2021
The law only becomes a "weapon" to the ones who break the law.— MsAnnThrope #TheTruthWillSetUSFree (@MsAndThrope) February 23, 2021
PRIVATE CITIZEN HARASSMENT!!!— Southern Historic Magazine (@sohistoricmag) February 22, 2021
Translation: those 3 judges of “mine” sold me out.— LankyLightfoot (@LankyLightfoot) February 23, 2021
According to NBC News, the ruling does not mean the records will be made public anytime soon and they might never be publicly released altogether. Materials turned over to a grand jury must be kept secret, per state law. However, the apex court's decision has enabled Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to demand Trump's accountants to turn over the tax documents that the 45th POTUS has so far refused to surrender to investigators or Congress.
Responding to the Supreme Court order, Vance noted that "the work continues". The former president has exhausted his legal options to block the subpoena following the Supreme Court decision. Meanwhile, the tax documents would only be made public if Vance brings criminal charges and introduces them as evidence at a future date.