California to Trump: Release Taxes or You Won’t Be on Primary Ballot

California Governor Gavin Newsom and the state’s legislature have thrown another political bomb at President Trump.  On Tuesday the governor signed a law requiring any candidates in presidential primaries to release the last five years of their tax returns at least 98 days before the primary date.

In a statement, Newsom said:

“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence.”

It’s not clear what minimal standards the governor is referring to, since releasing tax returns isn’t one of the qualifications of running for the highest office, and wasn’t a common thing until Nixon did it in the early 1970s.

The move is aimed squarely at President Trump, who has refused to release his taxes.  Recently the State of New York requested Trump’s taxes from the IRS.  The president has sued to stop the IRS from complying.

A key point in the California kerfuffle is that the state isn’t requiring the release of tax information to be on the general election ballot in November, just on the primary ballot in March.  If Trump isn’t on the primary ballot, but still wins the nomination, he’d still be on the ballot in November.

And of course, none of it matters, because all of this is happening in a state that the Republican nominee, whomever he or she happens to be, decidedly will not win in the 2020 presidential election.

It would be entertaining if President Trump simply ignored the entire thing, but that would set a terrible precedent.

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  1. Nellie
    Reply

    WHY didn’t Democrats go after Obama’s birthday certificate and schools records? Not to late!!
    I live in CA and I will vote for Trump. I want the voting polls secured and no Illegals voting.
    My friend was in an accident where a Mexican Illegal driving a commercial truck loaded with cement blocks. The blocks fell off truck and she ran over them. 23 vehicle involved, truck driver had no license and truck had no insurance. She is in pain all the time. To many Illegals with false documents, NO insurance. The pay Cash for a used vehicle with current tags but they don’t regester the vehicle in there name. Newsom better have Trump’s name on ballots.
    The cost of crime is not going down in CA. I won’t shop in a gun free store or festival.
    Better put Law Enforcement back in public schools.
    Trump 2020.
    Deport Illegals
    Build the wall

    • Katheleen G Camp
      Reply

      I agree with you. President Trumps name had better be on the ballot or I will write his name down on it. He is the only hope for the people of Ca. Newsom could care less about the filth and drugs being brought into the country. We need to have laws that say all children have to be inoculated before going to school or they will not be accepted and only legal citizens can vote.

      • C J Madden
        Reply

        It is already a law that says noncitizens cannot vote–illegal immigrants are NONCITIZENS. This is why you have to register to vote and there should be a method for identifying individuals voting at the polls. Whenever I went to the polls to vote, I had to give my name to the volunteer who checked my name off on the registration log. It is not unconstitutional to have a means of identification available at the polls–some of those judges who claim a Sate cannot create a means of identification don’t even know whats Constitution!

      • Marie M Dahl
        Reply

        I agree 100% with Katheleen. Who does this governor think he is. What qualifies him to make any determination
        or judgment about anybody based on their tax return. He should mind his own business and do the job that a governor should be doing. Clean up your state Governor!

    • Beverly Tomasik
      Reply

      Nellie I agree with you a thousand percent. Everyone’s tax papers are there own business and no one has the right to force you to share them with the public, president or other wise. California and all other states, kiss ass, it is NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS!!!!!!

      • Marie M Dahl
        Reply

        Right on Beverly!

    • JOSEPH N STONBELY SR
      Reply

      God Bless You for your courage & true concern about what’s wrong in America & especially California !
      Newsom is morally bankrupt and is a willing political whore bowing to the likes of Pelosi & Karmela Harris !
      Newsom lives in a “Governors Mansion” and Harris…well i only know where she used to live .

    • George W.
      Reply

      Do a write in vote for Trump in the primary, how are they going to stop that!? Who do they think they are!? I’m still voting for Trump and nothing is going to change my mind!

  2. Pamela Johnson
    Reply

    To California your votes won’t count. Unconstitutional. To the governor, your Just a little weasel. Suck eggs, you brown shirt puppet for Soros.

  3. Kimball Romney
    Reply

    All fine and good. But, our constitution says that a state cannot pass any legislation that is contrary to Federal law.
    Oh, I forgot it’s California.

    • alicia cervera
      Reply

      They WILL have to comply even if they dont want to.! SCREW them. Enugh of their childish little games.!!!

    • JC
      Reply

      That’s blackmail! Sue them! Write in President Trump on the ballot!

    • George D Proctor
      Reply

      No it’s not California. It is the “Republic of Kalifornia”.

    • Jim
      Reply

      Its illegal under the constitution and therefore if CA does that, the feds can disallow their voting outcome in the entire Federal election. More sour grapes…..TS

  4. Gaylene
    Reply

    Gavin Newsome and our states legislators are a bunch of total snakes! How dare they take it upon themselves to take President Trump off the primary ballot without asking the tax paying citizen of California our opinion.There are many Californian who do not agree with illegal people have benefits denied to our veterans, seniors and low-income families.This whole Dem. power play is nothing short of morally wrong. The Dems. in power are pulling the old 6th.grade stunt of “taking their ball any going home”. In this case their homes are surrounded by walls and protected by security forces with guns. More double standards. WAKE UP AND TAKE OUR STATE / COUNTRY BACK FROM THESE CORRUPT FOOLS!!!! I was born and raised in California and it makes me furious to see the destruction brought to our state by this kind politicking.

    • Reader
      Reply

      Doesn’t Gavin Newsome belong to a small group of families which control much of California?

      • BigC
        Reply

        I’m pretty sure he’s Pelousy’s nephew!!!

      • Joseph Vincent
        Reply

        Remember if you can vote republican in all forms. From PRESIDENT to your local dog catcher. REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN REPUBLICAN . MAKE AMERICA AND OUR CITIZENS GREAT AGAIN. NO GREATER. hilary clinton lost the election HAAHAAHAAA.

      • Robert
        Reply

        Yep the Pelosi family. Newsom lied to the voters and he still wants to protect the illegals. I believe his wife may be Hispanic by the accent she speak of. Gavin Newsome promised that he was elected he would give what the people voted for twice: “DEATH PENALTY.” The California Socialistic Democratic Party, will turn the US into the first State to go Socialistic. We the People will suffer greatly.

      • Robert
        Reply

        Yes, I recently heard that he is Pelosi 2nd cousin. Crooked political practice from the word go. When are the Republican in the State going to start impeachment of this corrupted person. HE LIED TO THE VOTERS of California, when he said: “If the voters want to death Penalty, who am I to stop it?” He dismantled the chamber. After all twice the voters overwhelmingly passed it. Maybe the next killing should be his children, after all since he dismantle the chambers in March we have had over 120 people KILLED. IMPEACH THE BUM.

    • JOHNNY S GUIDO
      Reply

      I am with you! I was raised in CA. and was very happy to state that I grew up there. Now, not so much. In fact, I am ashamed to even admit that I ever was in California. The name “California” is now synonymous with tags like, filthy, sh-thole, third world country and more. All bad!

  5. Paul Wilkes
    Reply

    Just shows how incompetent our governor is. He obviously has no respect for the constitution. I doubt if Trump cares if he is on the ballot in California. One more embarrassment for the Democrats.

  6. Eduardo Palacio
    Reply

    Love for our president to show his taxes specially for all professional poleticians that they do best is MILK the government!!! Trump build jobs for all that’s how he was awards of ELLIS AWARD !!HUMILIATE THEM PLZ.

  7. JAD
    Reply

    My answer to California is: No Sanctuary cities, no illegal allowed to vote or receive benefits of any sort! Or no federal funding given to you for anything!

    • Marie M Dahl
      Reply

      I agree 100% Jad. I don’t understand why this hasn’t already been done.

  8. Michel
    Reply

    It’s time to wake up and put a end to those *FOOLS*. Lets vote them out period !

  9. Robert
    Reply

    Sounds like extortion to me which is a typical democrat response to not getting their way.

  10. John Stuczynski
    Reply

    As previously stated, this is California. The constitution does not mean much to them. They would rather have people peeing and pooping in the streets and have needles from dopers on the streets. They do nothing to discourage this from happening. Tis once lovely state has turned into a dump. As is every city, county and state run by democrats.

    • Ron P
      Reply

      I will SECOND THAT .. I use to love going to Kalifornia but I
      can not Stand the DEPLORABLE SMELL !!

    • Robert
      Reply

      Some areas of California, have become to started to look like the areas of Mexico,Detroit,Baltimore, and San Francisco. I have several friends in these cities and they know what I mean.

  11. alicia cervera
    Reply

    One more step into doodoo by the miscreant jackazzess.

  12. BigC
    Reply

    Trump to Kalifornia; kiss my ass………….none of your votes will be counted!!!!!!!!

    • Tom
      Reply

      I agree with you, if they leave one of the candidates off of the ballot, none of the votes should count, and that would hurt the Democrats, since California has more Democratic voters than Rare epublican voters. I feel sorry for all of the Republicans in California, because we’re there, before it became a Sancuary State, and now because of being a Sactuary State it has turned into a sewer state, and any property cannot be sold for what it was worth before, I know that a lot of people moved to California, because it had shore line all the way down its western side, and was a great place to live, but now it has turned into a a sh*t hole, and unless they are rich, they can’t afford to move. It’s really a shameful situation.

  13. JC
    Reply

    Then we won’t count any ballots from California!

  14. Shirley Macey
    Reply

    Maybe the rest of the country should sign a petition that California & NY no longer get any financial support from the tax payers money in Washington. Since they think they can obey only the laws that they feel benifits them let them take care of themselves. You see what a great job they are doing now. The states are filthy homeless living on the streets criminals walking around free & the ordinary citizens of those states suffering to take care of illegals. Let’s push them from United States as they certinaly are not part of being United anymore. The Democratic party is DEAD so let’s BURY it.

  15. Robert Faulkner
    Reply

    An executive order to void out all California electoral votes would seem to be the proper reply to this idiot.

    • Robert Faulkner
      Reply

      Xxx

    • MIKE SCARBOROUGH
      Reply

      I LIKE IT , GOOD IDEA!

    • B. A. Sauron
      Reply

      Robert Faulkner, I suggest you read Article II, Section I of the US Constitution which is the fundamental law of the land. It spells out the terms of the Electoral College and its votes cannot be voided by anyone’s executive order.Also, under Federal law, the Ways and Means Committee has the legal right to see and review anyone’s tax returns. To do as you and others here have suggested is against the basic rule of law, on which we were founded.

  16. Carolyn S Lewis
    Reply

    Write him in!

  17. Chained
    Reply

    That sounds highly unconstitutional for one and taxes do not have to be released to anyone. Gavin Nuisance needs to be removed from office in any way, shape or form.

  18. Ron P
    Reply

    Hey ! LARD A’S NEWSOME WHY DON’T SEE WHAT YOUR MOMMY WANTS !
    MAYBE SHE WANTS TO CHANGE YOUR DIAPER ! OR SHE MIGHT WANT TO KICK YOU HEAD OFF YOUR’S SHOULDERS.. OR MAYBE SHE YOU TO NEVER EVER HOME AGAIN..

  19. Ron P
    Reply

    GAVIN NEWSOM, PRESIDENT TRUMP REALLY REALLY REALLY DOESN’T CARE IF HE IS ON DIRTY FILTHY DISGUSTING KALIFORNIA ANY WAY.
    AND KALIFORNIA IS NO KLEANER THAN BALTIMORE, MD .. WITH CRAP
    ALL OVER THE STREETS AND IN ALLEY WAYS.. THANK GOODNESS I LIVE IN UTAH !

  20. PATRICK W MOORE
    Reply

    are the children in charge? this sounds like two year olds.

  21. Bevie
    Reply

    if you think you can keep president Trump’s name off they ballot , guess again because we can write his name in ourselves. The republicans know how to write . All the dems know how to do is fight. The dems policies they are running on is one of the reasons President TRUMP will be re elected . And you can take that to the bank you idiot dems. DD’s (despicable dems).

  22. Adriana Sloggett
    Reply

    How dear you even mention our beloved president, YOU are incompetent governor,look your cites fool of homeless Americans, YOU want to spend tax American money in other country’s people. OUR President is concern of all peoples specialty Americans, and HE wants migrants, LEGAL MIGRANTS and HE IS COLOR BLIND. We love our PRESIDENT.

  23. Susie
    Reply

    Newson and all the Demorats needs a hot poker stuck up their ass to wake up their brain.

  24. Richard
    Reply

    Gruesome Newsome is an idiot. Apparently he’s not smart enough to know that California law cannot override the US Constitution. I live in California and cannot understand how he ever got elected. Oh yeah,this is California. Unfortunately I can’t afford to leave.

  25. Darin Walker
    Reply

    Cut California off from ALL U.S. Government Benefits, Including Military! Separate it from the United States, and DECLARE WAR ON IT!

  26. Jean Groen
    Reply

    It is NONE of California’s business about Trump’s tax returns. They need to mind their own business!!!

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