The Illinois State Senate is sick and tired of President Donald Trump ducking and dodging the release of his tax returns.
Lawmakers recently approved a bill that would prevent Trump from appearing on the Illinois ballot in 2020 unless he releases five years of tax returns — but it still requires approval from the state’s House of Representatives. Other states like New Jersey and Washington have also introduced measures to make presidential candidates law-bound to release their tax returns.
States are finally pushing back after years of Trump refusing to release his filings to the public.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2019
Before the rise of Trump, presidential candidates releasing their tax returns was a no-brainer. Having an idea of a candidates’ finances helps assure the public they have no compromising financial entanglements.
As for Trump?
Nobody really knows for sure. There’s been plenty of speculation that Trump was bailed out with loans by foreign powers in the 90s — could that have anything to do with his unusual secrecy?
People on social media reacted to attempts to keep Trump off the ballet in 2020.
Washington State is working on it, also.
— The Fake President (@TheFakePreside2) April 12, 2019
Thank you, Nancy!
— holly johnson (@hollyjo53333293) April 12, 2019
Have you met Florida or Texas?
— Cynthia [Redacted] (@Ab_Synthia2) April 12, 2019
If you run for any political office from school board to President you must release at least 10 -15 years of taxes.
— DER (@Imyafatha) April 13, 2019
Others suggested that every state adopt the common-sense policy.
— Retired Navy (@HateTrumpToo) April 12, 2019
I think NJ passed it in the senate back in February but it had to get passed in the assembly and then to the governor for his signature. I haven’t heard anything about it lately.
— Melsey (@melanieham15) April 12, 2019
But not everyone believes the law will pass through the Illinois House of Representatives.
& the purpose of THAT is to provide voters w/ info abt potential conflicts of interest.
The bills aren't just about trump. trump forced the issue by holding back, contrary to tradition,…& thru out his presidency so far being soaked to the bone with corruption due to conflicts.
— Georgia NeSmith, PhD (@PracticalLefty) April 12, 2019
I wish the one I live in would! Unfortunately, I don't see it happening. ????
— betsy janis (@ejanis1) April 12, 2019
You guys will NEVER be able to bring President Trump down. He hasn't fallen yet; and he isn't going to. So why don't you stop wasting your energy and start working on constructive legislation.
— E.M. Kelly (@psychopigeons) April 12, 2019
Either way, the fierce battle for Trump’s tax returns isn’t dying down.
Let's be honest if he had nothing to hide he would have released them during the election.
— Matt Elliott (@MattMatt85uk) April 13, 2019
Treasury’s failure to meet this deadline for Trump’s taxes would be blatantly illegal — but it’s time for Democrats to answer the question: “Or else WHAT”? We can’t keep crying “Wolf!” and expect results. Subpoena the suckers! Seek jail for contempt.https://t.co/votFpSSaok
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) April 13, 2019
Does that mean that we get until April 23 to pay our taxes?
We have yet to see any proof that he pays a nickel.
Why should we pay if he doesn’t?
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 13, 2019
But many (like the Illinois State Senate) are impatient about the long overdue release.
oooh another letter…and this time they really smashed the keys while typing…they mean business this time ???? #DoSomething dammit
— Scandal Netwerk (@ScandalWines) April 13, 2019
For years now, Trump and his goons have dragged out the same old excuses about mysterious audits that somehow prevent the president from releasing his tax returns.
New requirements like the ones proposed in Illinois might force Trump to come clean with the American people.