On Friday morning, President Trump called for both parties to start working together for the good of the American people.
Talk about voter suppression are you kidding me? They have been screaming about voter suppression and then turn around and want the President off the ballot. These people are off their rockers.
The California Senate approved a bill by a vote of 27-10 to create a requirement for all presidential candidates to release at least five years of tax returns before having their names on the ballot. It still has to go to the Governor for his signature.
Democrats have been fighting to see President Trump’s tax returns since 2016, and they haven’t stopped. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, legislative bills have been introducing or passed in 17 states to remove President Trump from their 2020 ballots until he releases his tax returns to the public.
Trump has refused and has told Americans he would take this fight to the Supreme Court if needed.
“We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn’t have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns,” State Sen. Mike McGuire, told the Associated Press.
Of course, this is a partisan subject as every GOP state senator voted against the measure.
“I get that playing the resistance card may be good politics for the majority party, but I would submit that it’s bad policy for Californians,” State Sen. Brian Jones told AP.
Former California Governor Jerry Brown, who never released his tax returns when he ran for public office, veto a similar bill in 2017.
“While I recognize the political attractiveness – even the merits – of getting President Trump’s tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner.
First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a ‘slippery slope’ precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?” Brown wrote his veto message.
Current Governor Gavin Newsom’s spokesperson gave no sign if he would support the bill or veto it, but they did say that when the bill reaches his desk; “it would be evaluated on its own merits.”
Here is how this works: Trump releases his returns, the Democrats and opposition media spin them the way they want to drive his numbers down. They made a calculation that sowing suspicion about his tax returns is less profitable than having the returns to distort for their gain. It’s the primary Dem strategy: get information so it can be twisted to meet their storyline.
What they have missed is that the RNC runs the primary, not the federal government. The Constitution is actually silent on the primary process. I don’t see how the state of CA can dictate who goes on the ballot legally though since the RNC is a private organization.
Better yet, Those states that choose not to allow a presidential candidate on the ballot if they do not provide tax returns in return have all their electoral college votes declared null and void. They essentially will be declared as having voted “present” with regard to the presidential election, but not have any impact on the electoral college because they did not allow all candidates on the ballot. WA = 12 CA = 56 HI = 4 IL = 20.
It would be hard for a Democratic candidate to get to 270 when they default to losing 92 electoral college votes.
One more thing to consider and it’s an important one. There is no obligation whatsoever for President Trump to reveal his tax documents, and plenty of reasons not to do so. (And that applies to all of us.)