Last week the Washington state senate passed a piece of legislation that prevents President Donald Trump’s name from appearing on 2020 presidential ballots next year if he does not release his personal tax returns, something that has been a tradition of sorts for presidential candidates.
The proposal demand that all presidential candidates release five years of personal tax returns before their names can appear on the ballot in either a primary or general election.
The bill was advanced to the state House of Representatives after passing the state Senate by a vote of 28-21.
Meanwhile, opponents of the provision believe the bill would add qualifications for the office of president and vice president outside of the Constitution. Others voiced concerns about the message, and potential implications, such a law sends.take our poll - story continues below
“We’re on really risky ground when we’re trying to place conditions on a federal election,” state Sen. Hans Zeiger (R) said.
“I just don’t understand why in the world you would promote something that would connote that there’s something suspicious about the activities of our elected officials,” state Sen. Maureen Walsh (R) explained.
The real question we should all be asking about a law like this is whether or not it is constitutional. After all, the Constitution is the law of the land, whether progressive liberals like it or not.
The Constitution itself outlines all of the necessary requirements one needs to fulfill in order to be president:
— Natural born citizen
— Permanently live in the U.S. for at least 14 years prior to election
Notice anything missing? The Constitution does not list releasing your tax returns as a prerequisite for being a presidential candidate and having your name included on the ballot.
Now, while that might seem like an open and shut case, a real slam dunk as it were, many legal experts state that it’s not actually that easy. There’s a bit of “ambiguity” when it comes to enumerated powers for each state to determine guidelines for presidential races.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has stated that he believes the law in question is likely Constitutional, but will face some challenges in court.
So what’s the reason folks on the left are so hung up on seeing these tax returns? Because they are hoping beyond hope that these documents will reveal some sort of criminal activity or bad behavior that might get him disqualified from running for a second term, or better yet, lead to impeachment.
Wanting to impeach the president has been the ultimate goal of radical leftists since the moment Trump beat Hillary. They’ve been doing their best to find some sort of illegal activity Trump has engaged in to boot him from office.
Talk about sore losers, right?
Guess this is the kind of tactic you employ when you know you have almost zero chance of winning an election.