In a broadside against President Donald Trump and the United States Constitution, Democrats in California's Senate have passed new qualifications on who may run for president in that state.
Designed to force Donald Trump to publicly disclose his tax returns, the law prohibits the secretary of state from printing a candidate's name on the ballot unless that candidate produces a copy of every income tax return they filed with the IRS in the five most recent taxable years. Bill 27 passed through the state Senate in a straight party line vote of 27-10, and has been submitted to the House for consideration.
Is It Constitutional?
The U.S. Constitution's Article II establishes qualifications on who may be elected president and describes the mechanics of how the president shall be chosen via the electoral college. California's senatorial foray into frustrating Donald Trump's political career does not include an attempt to unilaterally amend or supplant the Constitution. How can they introduce new qualifications for president, then?