Some 4.1 million people reportedly watched Rachel Maddow reveal that Donald Trump paid almost $40 million in taxes for 2005. An equal number appear to be attacking her as well.

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. Image via Twitter

“Maddow is currently enjoying the most successful period of her career,” noted Huffington Post. “She pulled in the highest ratings of her nine-year stint at MSNBC last month, averaging 2.3 million viewers per episode.”

The MSNBC host was slammed for a 20-minute opening monologue, “and then only producing two pages of a 2005 federal tax return when she did reveal the documents, which the Trump administration said were accurate even before the show aired.”

Defending the online promotion of the show, Maddow told The Associated Press: “Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal. It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.”

The hype still led to right-wing hilarity:

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