The war on Trump isn’t just relegated to the U.S. Congress any longer. It’s not just Mueller and the House Democrats going after him, now state Senates are going in for the jugular.

The Washington State Senate just passed a resolution that’ll bar Trump from appearing on the 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns.

  The Democrats are fascinated with Trump’s returns.

They think they’re another “smoking gun” that’s going to cause the President to expose wrongdoing and will get him out (or keep him out) of office.

And now they’re using them as leverage to prevent the President from receiving votes.

Washington State bans Trump From 2020 Ballot

The bill that the Washington State Senate passed is not yet law, as it needs to clear the state House of Representatives to be enacted.

However, it shows just how committed the Democrats are to keep Trump supporters from supporting Trump.

In a narrow vote of 28-21, the state Senators approved a bill which would require any potential Presidential candidate to release at least 5 years worth of tax returns to appear in either a general, or primary election.

If you’re wondering if this is even legal… well, it may be.

Washington’s state Attorney General says the legislation is likely constitutional. But, even if it is, there’s a good chance the law would be challenged in Federal court. 

In a letter to state legislators, the solicitor and AG for the state wrote.

“The disclosure requirement you propose is likely Constitutional,” the two wrote to lawmakers, according to CBS, adding that the measure “would definitely be challenged in court.

The Democrats said they were forced to pass the law because the country’s election system has been utterly trounced by Trump. They maintain Trump has broken the normal code of ethics surrounding the release of tax returns and unless they did something about it the abuse could have continued on for decades.

Speaking with CBS on the subject, one of the supporters of the bill,  Sen. Patty Kuderer (D) said, “Although releasing tax returns has been the norm for about the last 40 years in presidential elections. Unfortunately we’ve seen that norm broken.”




What Do Republicans Have to Say?

Republicans were not in support of the bill and maintained the Democrats willingness to pass such a bill falls into a gray area of interfering with federal elections.

Sen. Hans Zeiger (R) said “We’re on really risky ground when we’re trying to place conditions on a federal election.”

This is not the only bill of its kind in a state congress. A bill similar to this one is currently moving forward in the New Jersey’s state Senate and is waiting on the state’s General Assembly for codification.