Donald Trump’s taxes, or rather the fact that he refused, and continues to refuse to release them will cost him votes in New Jersey in 2020.
The fact that the president of the United States flat out refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign, and legally was not required to, is likely what propelled the New Jersey Senate to propose a bill requiring he release them before becoming re-elected. Under the new bill any presidential candidate will be required to publicly disclose their tax returns for the five most recent years in order for their name to appear on the presidential ballot.
Financial transparency should absolutely be a requirement if you want to run for President of the United States. In fact, New York and other states have plans to propose similar legislation ahead of the next presidential election.
President Trump has insisted, time and again, that he pays plenty of taxes. He’s also assured the public that there’s nothing bad in his tax returns, but that he simply didn’t want to release them while under IRS audit. The IRS says that Trump could still release his taxes if he wanted to, and legally is allowed to do so.
As much as the American public would like to believe even one word that comes out of his mouth, Trump is widely known as a shark; completely untrustworthy and only in it for his own personal benefit. He’s a businessman, known for screwing hard working individuals out of money. He built his personal wealth on the backs of the little guys. He is not to be trusted.
The New Jersey state assembly plans the vote for next week, which will then pass the bill on to Governor Chris Christie. But, it’s uncertain whether Christie will pass the bill into law or not, given his relationship with Trump. Sometimes Chris Christie wants to be Trump’s slave boy, sometimes he doesn’t.
The Senate vote, at 24-11, only needs 3 of the 5 members that didn’t vote to change it to aye. With 2/3 of the vote, it would be able to override a veto.
We can only hope that New Jersey’s bill passes, and inspires states across the country to come up with similar legislation.
Watch Rachel Maddow discuss New Jersey’s latest move below, via YouTube:
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