Stephen Colbert Totally Trolled Rachel Maddow's Trump Tax Return Reveal

Stephen Colbert parodied Rachel Maddow's report on President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns, using a classic joke to poke fun at the MSNBC host's lengthy preamble.

That's the general gist of this very pointed Late Show segment from Wednesday night, which casts Colbert as a Maddow stand-in who promises to tell his audience "a joke-a joke we can confirm has been heard by Donald Trump".

"We gave them a number of hours to respond and it's getting closer and closer and closer to air time on Tuesday", Maddow continued, "and we didn't know what they were gonna say". Impersonating the MSNBC anchor, Colbert revealed he had in his hand the first joke Naturally, it was of the chicken crossing the road variety.

"So without further ado, why did the chicken cross the road?" The answer right after this break.

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MADDOW: We got it tonight, and I am sure it's only the start.

Presidents and major candidates for the White House have routinely released their income tax returns.

On Tuesday evening, Maddow teased on Twitter that she was set to reveal the president's tax returns during her 9 p.m. program, and then withheld the story until later in the show.

Trump is the first president in decades to not publicly release his tax returns.

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Though a White House statement fully confirmed the documents that Johnston received, it also said that they would be "illegally published". She later clarified that she was in possession of the commander-in-chief's 2005 federal income tax return - which the Wall Street Journal had already reported on one year ago. These are important questions.

Notwithstanding Trump's well-documented love for theatrical stacks of paper, his vast corporate holdings around the world suggest that the above photo is closer to the truth than Maddow's two-pager. We just got it. The returns do not indicate whether he paid taxes in other years or how much he might have paid. He paid 38, looks like $38 million in taxes.

Trump broke with almost four decades of tradition by failing to release his tax returns during the campaign.

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