In 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump pulled an overwhelming amount of support and votes from the law enforcement community. He had a wide range of endorsements and support from unions across the country, and it helped propel him into the Oval Office.
Since then, haters have targeted everything “Trump”. His sex life, his appearance, his family business… and his tax returns.
Now it’s those tax returns, or rather the fact that he still hasn’t released them (nor is he legally obligated to), that could cause his name to not be on the ballot in 2020.
Democrat-majority states across the country are attempting to alter the election code in their states, and ultimately the Constitution, in order to force him and all future Presidential candidates to either release these private documents or be left off their state’s ballots altogether.
Washington State, dominated by Democrats in both the Senate and the House, has advanced a bill that would make it a requirement for candidates to release 5 years of tax returns in order to appear on either the primary or general election ballots in the state.
Senators in Washington State approved of the bill in a 28-21 vote on Tuesday, sending the bill thru to the House for the final vote where Democrats hold a 57-41 majority over Republicans.
New Jersey’s Senate passed the same bill thru to the House in late February, and Illinois is one step behind them.
Democratic Senators have been trying to move this bill forward since President Trump first declined to give them access to them in 2018, when he claimed the documents were under audit and therefore could not be released.
To be clear: there is currently no law stating that a President or Presidential candidate must release their tax returns.
His haters are formally calling their vendetta: “The Presidential Tax Transparency Initiative”, but it is obviously directed at one person, our sitting President, Donald J. Trump, and the only goal of this initiative is for detractors to finally be able to publicly dissect the “creative accounting” that they beliee is sure to surface if and when the documents are ever released.
This is their final hail-Mary attempt at discrediting and criminalizing President Trump to the public before the 2020 election.
But the ugly truth for them is that passing these bills falls somewhere between the spectrum of “very difficult” and “unconstitutional”.
The Constitution, written in 1787, sets out only three requirements to be the President of the United States of America: one must be 35 years of age, a resident “within the U.S.” for 14 years, and a “natural born Citizen.”
Nowhere, obviously, does it say anything about releasing tax returns.
And in all of our great nation’s history, Congress has had ZERO constitutional power in Presidential elections.
So what exactly do they think they are going to accomplish here by using the election process as a political weapon?
Better yet, what CAN they accomplish here, constitutionally?
That’s where things start to get scary, because if this bill does pass, then what is stopping them from demanding other documents or even qualifications from future candidates?
If this bill passes, it is opening the door to complete obstruction in the United States. It will send a very clear message to all of us that there is no limit to the kinds of restrictions Democrats will impose on our Constitution, our freedom, and the future of democracy.