One judge just made a jaw-dropping decision about throwing Trump off the ballot
Democrats are pulling every trick in the book to win in 2020.
And one of their most diabolical plots involved removing Donald Trump from the ticket.
Now, this judge just made a jaw-dropping decision about throwing Trump off the ballot.
California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a bill into law requiring a candidate to disclose their tax returns if they wanted to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
The Trump campaign immediately sued.
Legal experts thought the President’s team had a strong case, and those beliefs were confirmed when a federal judge temporarily blocked the California law from going into effect.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Trump but a decision that will undoubtedly be appealed by state officials.
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. said he would issue a final ruling by the end of the month but took the unusual step of issuing the tentative order from the bench. He said there would be “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for Trump and other candidates from the law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.
England spent much of the court proceeding on the question of whether a long-standing federal financial disclosure law preempts any additional rules that a state could impose. The federal law, known as the Ethics in Government Act, or EIGA, was originally passed in 1978 and applies to a range of top federal officials. Trump has filed the required annual report, which provides an overview of his finances, most recently in May.
“Do we even need to get here if EIGA preempts” the new California law? England asked attorneys for the state. “Is that it?”
Democrats also fought for this law to hurt Republicans down ballot.
If Trump is not on the primary ballot, then Republican voters may not show up to vote.
Depressed Republican turnout would be a boon to Democrats.
That’s because of the state’s “jungle primary” where the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election.
Republicans not showing up to vote because Donald Trump wasn’t on the ballot could lead to a situation where Democrats are guaranteed of victory in Congressional and state legislative races because two Democrats emerged as the top two vote-getters.
This decision prevents that nightmare scenario from happening.