Trump Wins 2020 Election Case Against CA Dems - Media Ignores Victory
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. rules in favour of president
President Donald Trump celebrated victory on Wednesday after a federal judge ruled in favor against a California presidential primary bill passed by Democrats requiring candidates to present five years of tax returns in order to be allowed to appear on the 2020 primary ballot.
The law was designed with apparent intent to force Trump, in particular, to hand over his long-sought after-tax returns.
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. wrote in his ruling:
“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."
England asserted his decision that the law violates the First Amendment rights of candidates, and particularly Trump, who was the Democrats' primary target.
On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter o to celebrate the ruling and criticize the “fake news” media for largely ignoring his big “VICTORY.”
“I won the right to be a presidential candidate in California, in a major Court decision handed down yesterday,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
"It was filed against me by the Radical Left Governor of that State to tremendous Media hoopla. The VICTORY, however, was barely covered by the Fake News. No surprise!”
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has announced that he will appeal the ruling.
I won the right to be a presidential candidate in California, in a major Court decision handed down yesterday. It was filed against me by the Radical Left Governor of that State to tremendous Media hoopla. The VICTORY, however, was barely covered by the Fake News. No surprise!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
"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,” Padilla said in a statement Tuesday reported by Fox News.
“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.”
The Senate Bill 27, “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act,” was signed into law by Newsom in July.
The law would have required all primary candidates to hand over five years of tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot.
The law did not apply to the general election.
The bill reads in part:
This bill would enact the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require a candidate for President, in order to have the candidate’s name placed upon a primary election ballot, to file the candidate’s income tax returns for the five most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State, as specified.
The act would require the Secretary of State, within 5 days of receiving the returns, to make redacted versions of the returns available to the public on the Secretary of State’s internet website. This bill would impose the same requirements on candidates for Governor.