More than 30 years after his much-hyped TV event turned out to be literally nothing more than a cloud of dust, Geraldo Rivera gladly handed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow the mantle of Al Capone’s vault Wednesday following her own much-hyped revelation of President Trump’s tax returns.
Maddow said in a tweet Tuesday that she would expose the president’s highly sought-after tax returns on her show.
BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
The revelation turned out to be only two pages from Donald Trump’s 2005 returns indicating he paid $38 million in total taxes.
That amounted to a 25 percent tax rate, higher than the 18.7 percent paid by former President Obama in 2015.
Some social media users immediately compared the lack of substance produced by Maddow’s program to the much-hyped 1986 special hosted by Rivera where the vault of infamous mobster Al Capone was opened live on national TV, but virtually nothing of substance was found.
Rivera appeared Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s America’s News HQ where he was asked about the nothing-to-see-here result of Maddow’s reveal.
“I submit to you, Rachel Maddow now has the mantle of the Al Capone vault,” Rivera told host Melissa Francis.
When reflecting on his role in what has become known as one of the biggest flops in TV history, River said that after Capone’s vault was first discovered, his production crew speculated on what may be inside.
“We thought it had bodies in it, guns, gold, cash,” Rivera said, “It turned out … it had an empty Gilbey’s gin bottle and a 1926 stop sign.”
After the search of Capone’s vault ended, “I wanted to bury myself in the hole when I found nothing,” Rivera said.
When asked what he thought of Maddow’s “major” revelation, Rivera said, “I thought that, first of all, that President Trump should get a new tax attorney, because he’s paying twice the rate Mitt Romney paid.”
He then suggested, “It was so favorable to the president … I thought for a second that he planted it.”
In a statement trying to minimize the PR damage to her and her program, Maddow blamed her viewers for building the hype around the tax returns.
“Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal. If other people leapt to that … conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did,” the statement read.
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