The California Supreme Court handed President Trump a surprisingly big win on Thursday when they struck down a recently passed state mandate for a presidential candidate to release their tax returns before they are allowed to appear on the ballot.
California lawmakers initially passed the bill as Trump has yet to release his own tax returns, an optional action taken by previous presidents before they enter office.
The Golden state wanted to take things to the next level by omitting candidates that refuse to release their last five years of tax records from their ballot, an unconstitutional move according to the California Supreme Court.
The Western Journal reports the court unanimously struck down the law and said it violates both the California and federal constitutions.
“Today’s ruling is a victory for every California voter,” state Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Patterson said following the decision. “We are pleased that the courts saw through the Democrats’ petty partisan maneuvers and saw this law for what it is — an unconstitutional attempt to suppress Republican voter turnout.”
The legal challenge to the law—which was initially passed by a liberal majority state legislature and a Democratic governor—was brought on by Republicans who theorized how Democrats take over a voting process should it be allowed to stand.
“We would have a Tower of Babel and a cacophony if we allowed individual states to mandate additional requirements beyond those imposed by the United States Constitution,” said attorney and Republican National Committee member Harmeet Dhillon, the Western Journal reports.
Dhillion also described the law as “clearly unconstitutional.”
The Western Journal adds:
It was an idea so crazy that even the state’s previous Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown – as crazy a liberal as ever breathed – vetoed a similar measure in 2017, as Politico reported at the time.
That, of course, didn’t stop current crazy Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from plowing right ahead.
The news of the court’s decision drew cheers from Trump supporters on social media – who really aren’t used to seeing good news about the president (or much else) come out of the formerly Golden State.
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When the California courts rule against you, you know your legislation was hot garbage.
— grouchey curmudgeon (@maviger647) November 21, 2019