The Democrats know they can’t beat President Trump in 2020 fair and square. So they try to do the only thing they know how, bend the rules!
Lawmakers in New Jersey have revived legislation intended to keep President Donald Trump’s name off the ballot in 2020. Democrats have targeted Trump with a proposal that “requires candidates for President and Vice-President of United States to disclose federal income tax returns to appear on ballot” and “prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for candidates who fail to file income tax returns.”
As he has yet to disclose his tax returns, President Trump’s name, if all things were to stay the same, would not appear on the ballot in the Garden State come 2020 if the bill were to pass.
As a candidate and serving as president, Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns. In modern tradition, disclosing one’s tax returns is the normal course of procedure, albeit not required. Responding to requests for the disclosure from Democrats and critics on the Right, Trump has said that he was advised by lawyers not to disclose his returns because he is under audit by the IRS.
“I think there’s something there,” criticized former Republican governor Mitt Romney during the 2016 presidential election. “Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay, or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s doing.”
As evidenced by the 2016 presidential election results, the American people feel Trump’s reasoning is sufficient, or, frankly, are entirely uninterested with his tax returns.
Such legislation was proposed in 2017 when Trump ally and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in office, though it was vetoed by the then-governor. According to Christie, the bill was a “transparent political stunt masquerading as a bill.” According to NJ.com, Christie recommended the state’s Open Public Record Act be expanded instead. Democrats rejected the idea.
With Democrats’ control of the Legislature and Democrat Phil Murphy serving as governor of the state, the legislation has a better chance of passing.
The calls for the returns have only escalated with Democrats’ control of the House. As recently as November, Trump told reporters that he would block Democrats’ requests if he were still under audit, though he would consider a disclosure once the audit is complete.
“They’re under audit. They have been for a long time,” the president told the media, adding, “If I were finished with the audit, I would have an open mind to it. When that happens, if that happens, I would certainly have an open mind to it.”
As noted by The Hill, “the chairmen of congressional tax committees can request tax returns from the Treasury Department and review them in a closed session before voting to make all or parts of the returns public.” If Trump were to ignore the request, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would have to answer.
“Mnuchin told The New York Times earlier this month that he would work with the department’s general counsel and the general counsel for the IRS to address any requests should Democrats win the House,” noted the outlet. “If the Trump administration refuses to provide Democrats with the tax returns, or stalls in providing them, the matter could end up in court.”
The New Jersey bill is sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Hunterdon and Mercer), Sen. Linda R. Greenstein, (D-Mercer and Middlesex), and Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Burlington).
The Republican Party of N.J. and or the individual members of the party should sue the state for taking steps to prevent them from voting for the Presidential Candidate of their choice. The Democrats can’t just make an election law out of thin air. They don’t have that kind of legislative authority. There is no election law stating that any Candidate must divulge his/her tax returns in order to run.
So I say sue the Democrats of New Jersey for putting an illegal obstacle in the way of citizens exercising their franchise.
And if the Dems try to thwart the Electoral College by forcing their Electoral votes to go for the person who gets the popular vote then sue them for that also. Such a move would be an obvious subversion of the Constitution without going through the process of making an Amendment. Such a move would hurt the smaller states and those states can also join in the lawsuit.
WHEN OBAMA REALESES ALL OF HIS DOCUMENTS THEN MAYBE PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL ALSO
BUT WE KNOW THAT ALL OF OBAMAS HAVE BEEN SCHREDDED ALLREADY
[PER GEORGE SOROS THE JEWISH COMMIE
I think the supreme court will have something to say about that
A person’s tax return and personal giving is a private personal matter. If an IRS employee revealed someone’s tax return without their permission that employee would be fired. This is one more political dirty trick played by the Democrats to try to shame Republicans off the ballot. Hoe about Nancy Pelosi, Di FI. Schmucky, and Psycho Waters show 5 years worth of their tax returns.
Well, this is one way to find out where his money is! He’s the only President who thought he was too good to reveal his tax returns. It was the start of the B.S. coming from him.
Sounds good to me.
Every state should pass a bill like this
Transparency is a must.
Trump is dead in 2020.
We the people just want the truth, and Trump is incapable of telling the truth.
“As evidenced by the 2016 presidential election results, the American people” by a margin of three million votes elected Clinton over Trump. Your assertion following the quoted words is rebutted by that fact.
Time for our President to stop any and all federal aid to corrupt NJ
If President Trump has to show his tax returns then so should Pelosi and Shumer and everyone else. Frankly I don’t care about his tax returns, I care about him doing a good job.
Since he divested himself from Trump Industries when he was elected, he should only show the tax returns from his time in the White House!
This is with the state’s rights of New Jersey. They are completely allowed to do this. We can all see that they are trying to cheat around Donald Trump, however.
You idiots in New Jersey needs tio be removed from office and put in jail if you are not too stupid to know what jail is. The Constitution provides the requirements to run for a federal office not a bunch of idiots. Stupidity is a right but abuse of that right is prohibited. The problem is you cant fix STUPIDITY.
You better be careful what you wish for, You find a legal way to get rid of our President, you also open the door to remove any of you or your electeds. “What is good for the goose is also good for the gander” and every Democrat that is elected can fall into the same category.
Transparent political stunt masquerading as a bill.
Send the bill for this foolishness to the DNC.
Dumbocrats are garbage.
Democrats are unAmerican garbage
Why not drop all Democrats in NJ from any office in Wash. D.C.. No president, no Senators or Congress persons should be allowed. Who needs NJ represented anyway. High taxes and OK to kill babies in NJ.
That’s pretty sad democracts for you to win is not to have trump on the ballot. What is the matter democracts are you that scared of trump and the conservatives that they will beat you on a fair election that you have to cheat? These lawmakers of the democracts got lucky in the midterm they set it up for them to win for this purpose bunch of sore losers in the democracts they have to rig, pay people off, and have the media to do their dirty work along others.
Seems like this would be highly Unconstitutional.
If they are successful in passing this bill and getting it signed into New Jersey law then the DOJ must get this in front of the Supreme Court immediately.
The Requirements for running for President are clearly spelled out in the Constitution of the United States of America, and there are laws about privacy for Federal Income Taxes.
The progressive socialist democrat had better think twice about his, there are many democrat billionaires who are planning on running for President, so they would also fall under the same rules. I guess N.J. only want’s poor people to run for President.
Simple…..arrest them for denying the citizens their rights and let those involved spend 20 years in prison doing life without parole.
This is BS. Let’s require all past presidents, especially Obama to unseal his records.,This state I live in is a corrupt cesspool. Go ahead we’ll just write his name on the ballot.
The Democrats try their best to outdo one another. Romney is jealous,
and should shut his mouth, if he can’t back his President. This another
example of the Democrats spending more time trying to hurt our
president, then doing the job they were elected for.
I will never vote Democrat in local or federal elections.
“Go President Trump” and continue to work as you were elected
for, and pay no attention to the Democrat party, and any RINO like