The hard-left dominate Democratic Party has taken to targeting the electoral process to advance their progressive agenda, and the state of Illinois is the latest to get on board with an effort that establishes certain requirements to appear on state ballots.
Much like the party’s long-standing efforts to manipulate our immigration laws to fundamentally transform America, Democrats in Illinois are seeking to pass a bill that would force President Trump to release five years of his tax returns in order to appear on the state’s 2020 presidential ballot, Chicago radio station WBEZ reported.
The legislation passed the Illinois state Senate voted 36-19 on Thursday and moves to the Democrat-controlled state House. The governor is also a Democrat, although Gov. J.B. Pritzker has not said where he stands on the bill.
Democrats in the Illinois Senate passed legislation to force President Trump to release his taxes or not appear on the state’s 2020 ballot. https://t.co/xkysLKON5H
— WBEZ (@WBEZ) April 11, 2019
“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” Democratic state Sen. Tony Munoz said while debating the bill, according to WBEZ. “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything.”
Sounds like gamesmanship, where Democrats are circumventing the Constitution to establish their own requirements on who may run for president.
When Republicans control state government, perhaps they will cherry pick possible weaknesses of Democratic presidential candidates to pass their own law restricting who can appear on the ballot.
Republican state Sen. Dale Righter called the legislation “an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time.”
“This is being pushed by a far-leftist organization from the city of Chicago that wants to be able to get up and chirp about the president of the United States,” said the lawmaker. “We ought to be better than this.”
Illinois joins 17 other states considering similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The reaction on social media suggests that the law, if passed, would never stand up to scrutiny in court because of that pesky Constitution.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
The left: Instead of tackling the tough issues in our state, I know lets tell Trump he cannot be on the ballet unless he shows us how much money he makes…
Me: WTF ?♂️?♂️?♂️
— James The Objectivist (@Scotty_2017) April 12, 2019
Another distraction, how about fixing the 1000’s of problems in our state? #WhatAJoke
— Betzo (@cpbetz) April 12, 2019
This is probably unconstitutional
— WhiteSox_History (@ChiSox_History) April 12, 2019
Can’t wait for the revolution.
— GH23 (@GH23) April 12, 2019
How fascist… Honestly, taxes show what is done legally with money – The valuable information would be to know what these folks running for President do off the books. Seeing tax returns is pointless and an invasion of privacy. No one should want that it impacts all of us
— Ali©️iaDWS (@DwsAlicia) April 12, 2019
So this would disenfranchise IL voters. Unconstitutional.
— Persona (@jmbts1131) April 12, 2019
It is good to see IL has solved every other problem in their State so they can focus on this trivia. What a dumpster fire that place is.
— Random_tony (@RamdomTony) April 12, 2019
A reminder that this is illegal due to federal election law.
— Proud Texan (@BecomeATexan) April 12, 2019
Hmmm…I see this going to court.
— Shift Politics (@ShiftPolitics) April 12, 2019
Rigging an election is bad… unless we do it.
— Creamy Giblets (@CreamyGiblets) April 12, 2019
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