This week, Washington State’s Democrat-majority state senate passed a bill that would remove President Trump from the 2020 presidential ballot unless he releases at least the last five years of his personal tax returns. It now goes to the state’s House of Representatives.
A similar bill has already been floated in Democrat-majority New Jersey and is advancing through the legislative procedure. I would not at all be surprised if other “blue” states soon follow suit.
That said, please be advised that, although some Presidents have voluntarily released their personal taxes, there is nothing in the constitution and no federal law requiring any President to do so. That, of course, includes President Trump – whom this legislation is clearly aimed at.
I am no constitutional scholar. But with the above in mind, I find it next to impossible that any state could legally alter the requirements for a federal election in this way and suppress a sitting President’s inclusion on its ballots.
What I don’t find at all impossible, though, is the potential for a major backlash among voters, who – correctly – will perceive this as a naked attempt to subvert the 2020 presidential election.
And what if the Republican minorities in New Jersey and Washington state demand that, if this requirement is imposed on the President, it must be required for every candidate in the state – senate, house of representatives, mayor, etc., right down the line?
If that were to happen, you can bet this repulsive attempt to deny an incumbent President his place on the ballot would magically disappear in about two seconds flat.