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If the Democrats in California get their way, President Trump will have to arrange his tax return before someone in the state can vote for him next year.
Gavin Newsom, the state’s democratic governor, signed a bill Tuesday morning requiring Trump to release five years of his tax return before his name can appear on the state’s primary vote in 2020. Democrats have long criticized the president for refusing to release his tax when he first announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2015. But California is the first state in the country to use a slot machine as a lever to announce its tax returns the Sacramento Bee reported.
“The United States Constitution gives states the power to determine how their voters are elected, and California is well within its constitutional right to include this requirement,” Newsom wrote in a statement.
When the California state legislature approved the bill along party lines two weeks ago, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh called the effort unconstitutional in a statement to the bee.
“The constitution is clear about someone’s qualifications to serve as president, and states cannot add additional requirements themselves,” Murtaugh said. “The bill is also in violation of the 1st amendment right, because California cannot tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”
The California law would not only apply to Trump: every candidate who becomes president or governor must file a five-year tax return.
Some candidates, such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris have already done that. But others – such as the current leader of the party Joe Biden – have only released three.
Others, such as entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former home secretary Julian Castro, still have nothing to release.