Trump Has Some Obstacles In 2020

Grind for September 10th
“It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Third Times The Charm

The Headline

President Trump has another challenger

The Grind

Former Congressman Mark Sanford announced Sunday on Fox News his intentions to seek the GOP nomination for the 2020 election.

Mr. Sanford is deficit hawk and Trump critic who served in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 1998 before serving as Governor of South Carolina (2002-2011).

Despite the damage to his reputation after an extramarital affair in 2009, Sanford was re-elected to the House in 2013. He lost his seat to Democrat Joe Cunningham in 2018 after President Trump urged voters to support rival GOP candidate Katie Arrington.

The Details

Sanford is known for his commitment to saving money.

During his time in Congress, he was recognized by the Cato Institute as the chamber’s ‘most fiscally conservative member.’ In 2009, he unsuccessfully tried to reject $700 million in stimulus funds earmarked for his state.

Unsurprisingly, his 2020 campaign will focus on lowering the national debt:

“As a Republican Party, we have lost our way, and I’d say so on a couple of different fronts. First and sort of the epicenter of where I’m coming from is that we have lost our way on debt and deficits and spending. One of the hallmarks of the Republican Party and the conservative movement has always been how much do we spend…I think as a party we’ve lost our way. The president has called himself the king of debt, has a familiarity and comfortable [sic] with debt that I think is ultimately leading us in the wrong direction.”

Lowering the national deficit is important, but voters are unlikely to prioritize this goal over issues like healthcare, immigration, housing and homelessness, the opioid epidemic, and LGBTQ rights.

On the other side, Democrats are gearing up for their third primary debate, which will be held in Houston on September 12th. Less than half of the candidates qualified for the debate, which required participants to obtain 130,00 unique donations and hit 2% in four qualifying polls.

Not Fair

The Headline

New California law excludes Trump from 2020 ballot

The Grind

A new law in California requires all candidates for the 2020 presidential election to disclose five years of income tax returns.

Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will be blocked from appearing on the primary ballot. This includes Donald Trump, who has refrained from releasing his tax returns (and is not required to do so under federal law).

“States have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom when he signed the law on July 30th. “The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”

The Details

Critics insist the bill was designed to keep Trump off the ballot and increase the odds of a same-party contest in California’s “top-two” election system.

“If the California law is allowed to stand, a fringe candidate with no chance of becoming president could win the Republican presidential primary with only a small number of votes and the duly elected president of the United States could be kept off the ballot,” argues lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon.

Dhillon’s firm is representing the RNC and the California Republican Party in a lawsuit to overturn the ridiculous law as soon as possible.

“We believe the law is firmly on our side. A state government cannot simply do an end-run around the Constitution to add requirements for the office of president of the United States, as California Democrats have done,” writes Dhillon.

If allowed to stand, the law would set a dangerous precedent for other states to enact different sets of rules in order to knock out candidates they don’t like.

Even former California Governor Jerry Brown, a far-left Democrat, vetoed a nearly identical bill when it arrived on his desk in 2017. “Today we require tax returns, but what would be next?” asked Brown. “Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards?”

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