A federal judge placed a temporary injunction on a California law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the election ballot. U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr., a George W. Bush appointee on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, said he will make a full ruling before October 1, 2020.
The law, which clearly targets President Trump as the only candidate who has not released his tax returns, was heralded as a victory for progressive California. But 1st Amendment advocates as well as Constitutional scholars have argued this law would add unconstitutional requirements for American citizens to run for federal office. If the state wants to limit state candidates, so be it, but the argument that they could affect the results for the entire nation has been questioned.
This law would not change the results of the election under normal circumstances as California is safely in the Democrats’ pocket, but a separate effort to make the winner of the popular vote the winner of the electoral college vote would make California’s law extremely important if their efforts succeed.
The judge’s decision came after a hearing on Thursday in Sacramento on consolidated arguments made in five lawsuits over the California law. During the hearing, England focused on the issue of whether a federal financial disclosure law preempts states from imposing additional rules, the Times reported.
A lawyer for California argued that different states already have different rules for their primary elections, while a lawyer for Trump argued that the U.S. Constitution established rules for running for president that states cannot alter, according to the Times.
This is a symbolic victory for not only President Trump but for the office of the president in general. States’ rights are important to protect, but when protecting a state’s right affects other states so harshly, it can no longer be classified as federalism. California sought to sway the election in favor of Democrats with their law combined with efforts by those supporting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
In such a scenario, President Trump would have zero chance of winning reelection. The Democrats know this, which is why they’re attempting to subvert half of the electorate in an effort to tilt this game unfairly in their favor.
“It remains our position that the law is unconstitutional because states are not permitted to add additional requirements for candidates for president, and that the law violated citizens’ 1st Amendment right of association.” – Jay Sekulow
The Democrats are trying every avenue, from impeachment to keeping President Trump off the ballot, because they realize their field of candidates have nobody who is capable of beating him in a free and fair election.
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