The hits just keep getting lower and lower from the Progressive Left, as California continues the fight to keep President Trump off their ballots unless he releases his tax returns.
“California will appeal this ruling and we will continue to make our thorough, thoughtful argument for stronger financial disclosure requirements for presidential and gubernatorial candidates. Our elected leaders have a legal and moral obligation to be transparent with voters about potential conflicts of interest. This law is fundamental to preserving and protecting American democracy,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement, after U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. had published his opinion, in which he says the state law most likely violates the U.S. Constitution.
England Jr. said the law violates Trump’s First Amendment right of associating with voters who share his political beliefs, he also added that political bias may be in motion with this peculiar law.
“The dangerous precedent set by this act, allowing the controlling party in any state’s legislature to add substantive requirements as a precondition to qualifying for the state’s presidential primary ballot, should concern all candidates alike,” he wrote, noting the law targets a Republican president, while the California Legislature is controlled by Democrats.
The ruling by England Jr. earned praise from many and affirmed that the power to set qualifications for running for president belongs to the Constitution and nothing else – not the state’s authority. The problem that could come out of this law would be that it’s an insurance that fewer GOP candidates would make it to the general election, Republican voter turnout would be stifled, leaving the only options Democrats - something California is not a stranger to in it’s so-called jungle primary system, where the top two vote-getters move on to the general election, regardless of party, a lot of times resulting in Democrat-vs.-Democrat battles.
“This decision rightfully stops the Democrats’ petty politics and their efforts to disenfranchise millions of California voters and suppress Republican voter turnout,” California Republic Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said, also calling the decision a victory for voters, who should be able to vote for the candidate they choose to support.