The Democrats will do anything to defeat President Trump when he runs for re-election.
And the Democrat Party just crossed one unthinkable red line.
Now Donald Trump may get kicked off the 2020 ballot for this awful reason.
California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed legislation that kicks any candidate that does not release five years of tax returns off the California ballot.
Democrats have long floated conspiracy theories about why the President did not make his tax returns available.
The President stated he was under audit and that prevented him from making his tax returns public.
But many Democrats claimed without citing evidence that Trump did not release his tax returns to the public because it would expose him to charges of money laundering, tax fraud or bribery from the Russians.
By signing the legislation, Newsom claimed that this was done in the name of transparency.
“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence. The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest,” Governor Newsom claimed in his signing statement.
President Trump’s team pointed out this law is blatantly unconstitutional.
“The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” said Trump campaign official Tim Murtaugh. “The bill also violates the 1st Amendment right of association since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”
The bill’s shaky legal foundation caused then-California Governor Jerry Brown to veto the legislation 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,” Brown explained. “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?”
Newsom tried to fend off these criticisms by claiming the Constitution grants California the right to decide how its electors are chosen.
“The United States Constitution grants states the authority to determine how their electors are chosen, and California is well within its constitutional right to include this requirement,” Newsom wrote.
But this is a thin reed.
This legislation is clearly a Bill of Attainder –meaning it singles out one specific individual – in this case Donald Trump – for sanction without there being a trial.
In addition the Constitution clearly sets the only requirements for eligibility to be President at being at least 35 years old as well as a natural born United States citizen.
California will likely end up losing this case and the state will incur significant expense having to reprint ballots to include President Trump.
But Governor Newsom only cares about virtue signaling to the left-wing base in case he decides to run for President down the road.
American Patriot Daily will continue to keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.