Gavin Newsom Signs First Law Requiring Candidates To Reveal Taxes | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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IN SO LONG YOU DON’T REMEMBER, BUT REGARDLESS, DO IT ANYWAY, BUT REGARDLESS, DO IT ANYWAY, SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER. SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU TO. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU TO.>>>GOOD EVENING.>>>GOOD EVENING. I’M ARI MELBER. I’M ARI MELBER. THANKS FOR JOINING OUR EXTENDED THANKS FOR JOINING OUR EXTENDED SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE FROM SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE FROM TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. WE ALREADY HAVE HIGHLIGHTS WE ALREADY HAVE HIGHLIGHTS COMING IN AS THE DEBATE, YOU COMING IN AS THE DEBATE, YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD, IS ALMOST MIGHT HAVE HEARD, IS ALMOST WRAPPING UP AND THERE IS A LOT WRAPPING UP AND THERE IS A LOT TO UNPACK AND DISCUSS. TO UNPACK AND DISCUSS. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A FULL ROUND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A FULL ROUND OF LIVE POSTGAME ANALYSIS RIGHT OF LIVE POSTGAME ANALYSIS RIGHT HERE ON MSNBC INCLUDING BRIAN HERE ON MSNBC INCLUDING BRIAN WILLIAMS COMING UP AND CHRIS WILLIAMS COMING UP AND CHRIS MATTHEWS LIVE FROM DETROIT. MATTHEWS LIVE FROM DETROIT. NOW, WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON? NOW, WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON? WELL, THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN WELL, THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN RUNNING RIGHT UP UNTIL THIS RUNNING RIGHT UP UNTIL THIS DEBATE IN MICHIGAN, INCLUDING DEBATE IN MICHIGAN, INCLUDING BETO O’ROURKE LITERALLY ON A RUN BETO O’ROURKE LITERALLY ON A RUN IN DETROIT THIS MORNING WHERE HE IN DETROIT THIS MORNING WHERE HE WAS SWATTING AWAY SOME WAS SWATTING AWAY SOME QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS. MEANWHILE, PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS MEANWHILE, PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS FOCUSSING MORE ON INSIDE TIME. FOCUSSING MORE ON INSIDE TIME. HE POSTED A PICTURE OF HIMSELF HE POSTED A PICTURE OF HIMSELF DEEP IN PREP OR AT LEAST THE DEEP IN PREP OR AT LEAST THE APPEARANCE THEREOF. APPEARANCE THEREOF. ELIZABETH WARREN CAMPAIGNING ELIZABETH WARREN CAMPAIGNING LAST NIGHT IN TOLEDO, OHIO WHERE LAST NIGHT IN TOLEDO, OHIO WHERE SHE TOOK HER 40,000th SELFIE SHE TOOK HER 40,000th SELFIE PHOTOGRAPH WITH SUPPORTERS. PHOTOGRAPH WITH SUPPORTERS. YOU CAN SEE THE EXCITEMENT YOU CAN SEE THE EXCITEMENT THERE. THERE. THEY’RE CLEARLY KEEPING TRACK. THEY’RE CLEARLY KEEPING TRACK. BERNIE SANDERS WAS HUDDLING WITH BERNIE SANDERS WAS HUDDLING WITH MUSICIAN CARDI B. YESTERDAY IN MUSICIAN CARDI B. YESTERDAY IN DETROIT. DETROIT. THIS WAS A PICTURE SHE POSTED THIS WAS A PICTURE SHE POSTED FROM IT. FROM IT. SHE WAS ASKING HIM QUESTIONS SHE SHE WAS ASKING HIM QUESTIONS SHE GOT FROM SOME OF HER FANS AROUND GOT FROM SOME OF HER FANS AROUND THE NATION. THE NATION. THEIR DISCUSSION’S NOT OUT YET. THEIR DISCUSSION’S NOT OUT YET. CARDI POSTED A MESSAGE TODAY CARDI POSTED A MESSAGE TODAY TELLING HER FANS MAKE SURE YOU TELLING HER FANS MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE DEBATE. WATCH THE DEBATE. SO EVERYBODY HAS BEEN IN ON SO EVERYBODY HAS BEEN IN ON THIS. THIS. THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD IS THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD IS OBVIOUSLY BIG. OBVIOUSLY BIG. IT’S MORE DIVERSE THAN MANY IT’S MORE DIVERSE THAN MANY OTHER YEARS. OTHER YEARS. THERE’S A LOT OF DAYLIGHT THERE’S A LOT OF DAYLIGHT BETWEEN CANDIDATES ON POLICY AND BETWEEN CANDIDATES ON POLICY AND THAT’S ESPECIALLY TRUE AT THE THAT’S ESPECIALLY TRUE AT THE TOP OF THIS FIELD. TOP OF THIS FIELD. EVEN WITH ALL THE DIFFERENCES EVEN WITH ALL THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THESE CANDIDATES, YOU BETWEEN THESE CANDIDATES, YOU KNOW ONE THING THAT EVERYONE AT KNOW ONE THING THAT EVERYONE AT THE TOP HAS IN COMMON? THE TOP HAS IN COMMON? EVERYONE WHO APPEARS TO BE A EVERYONE WHO APPEARS TO BE A VERY VIABLE POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC VERY VIABLE POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FROM BERNIE TO BOOKER TO NOMINEE FROM BERNIE TO BOOKER TO BIDEN TO BUTTIGIEG EVEN TO BIDEN TO BUTTIGIEG EVEN TO CANDIDATES WHO DON’T HAVE THE CANDIDATES WHO DON’T HAVE THE LETTER “B” AT THE START OF THEIR LETTER “B” AT THE START OF THEIR NAME? NAME? THE TOP TIER CANDIDATES HAVE THE TOP TIER CANDIDATES HAVE RELEASED THEIR TAX RETURNS RELEASED THEIR TAX RETURNS ALREADY. ALREADY. AND THAT’S TYPICAL. AND THAT’S TYPICAL. EVERY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO EVERY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO HAS BEEN IN THE MAJOR PARTY HAS BEEN IN THE MAJOR PARTY RACES SINCE RICHARD NIXON HAS RACES SINCE RICHARD NIXON HAS PUT OUT TAX RETURNS DURING THEIR PUT OUT TAX RETURNS DURING THEIR BID. BID. IT’S ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT IT’S ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT AMERICAN ELECTORATES HAVE COME AMERICAN ELECTORATES HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM ANYONE WHO IS TO EXPECT FROM ANYONE WHO IS OPEN TO THE VETTING TO OPEN TO THE VETTING TO POTENTIALLY BE PRESIDENT. POTENTIALLY BE PRESIDENT. IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE SEEN AS IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE SEEN AS WE ALL KNOW AS BASIC WE ALL KNOW AS BASIC TRANSPARENCY AND DISCLOSURE AND TRANSPARENCY AND DISCLOSURE AND IT’S HAPPENED IN BOTH PARTIES IT’S HAPPENED IN BOTH PARTIES UNTIL, OF COURSE, DONALD TRUMP UNTIL, OF COURSE, DONALD TRUMP TOTALLY SHATTERED THAT TOTALLY SHATTERED THAT TRADITION. TRADITION. REFUSED TO RELEASE ANY TAX REFUSED TO RELEASE ANY TAX RETURNS WHATSOEVER. RETURNS WHATSOEVER. NOW, DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS, AS NOW, DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS, AS YOU MAY KNOW TONIGHT, THEY’RE YOU MAY KNOW TONIGHT, THEY’RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF AN STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ESCALATION POLITICALLY, ESCALATION POLITICALLY, LEGISLATIVELY AND LEGALLY IN LEGISLATIVELY AND LEGALLY IN THIS BATTLE WITH TRUMP TO GET THIS BATTLE WITH TRUMP TO GET HIS TAXES. HIS TAXES. THEY ASKED, THEY INVOKED A LAW THEY ASKED, THEY INVOKED A LAW THAT ALLOWS THEM TO ASK. THAT ALLOWS THEM TO ASK. THE PRESIDENT THEN USED HIS OWN THE PRESIDENT THEN USED HIS OWN IRS ADMINISTRATOR TO REFUSE TO IRS ADMINISTRATOR TO REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH WHAT SEEMED LIKE A COMPLY WITH WHAT SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGAL PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGAL RULE. RULE. SO NOW THEY ARE SEIZING ON THAT SO NOW THEY ARE SEIZING ON THAT TO SUE THE PRESIDENT AND TRY TO TO SUE THE PRESIDENT AND TRY TO PRY LOOSE HIS TAXES THROUGH THE PRY LOOSE HIS TAXES THROUGH THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT’S MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS WERE ACTUALLY IN FEDERAL LAWYERS WERE ACTUALLY IN FEDERAL COURT JUST THIS WEEK WITH ALL COURT JUST THIS WEEK WITH ALL THIS OTHER STUFF GOING ON. THIS OTHER STUFF GOING ON. THEY’RE FIGHTING A STATE-LEVEL THEY’RE FIGHTING A STATE-LEVEL EFFORT FROM NEW YORK THAT WOULD EFFORT FROM NEW YORK THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT’S STATE PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT’S STATE TAXES, WHICH WOULD STILL SHOW TAXES, WHICH WOULD STILL SHOW MORE THAN HE HAS TO THE FEDERAL MORE THAN HE HAS TO THE FEDERAL CONGRESS. CONGRESS. SO WHATEVER HAPPENS IN THIS SO WHATEVER HAPPENS IN THIS CURRENT LEGAL BATTLE, YOU HAVE CURRENT LEGAL BATTLE, YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT BREAKING WITH THE PRESIDENT BREAKING WITH NORMS AND OPENING THE WAY FOR A NORMS AND OPENING THE WAY FOR A LOT OF CANDIDATES, FRANKLY, LOT OF CANDIDATES, FRANKLY, MAYBE IN EITHER PARTY TO FOLLOW MAYBE IN EITHER PARTY TO FOLLOW HIS NEW NORM. HIS NEW NORM. DON’T RELEASE YOUR TAXES AND DON’T RELEASE YOUR TAXES AND MAYBE YOU’LL BE FINE MAYBE YOU’LL BE FINE POLITICALLY, AT LEAST IN THE POLITICALLY, AT LEAST IN THE SHORT RUN. SHORT RUN. NOW, THERE ARE STATES THAT ARE NOW, THERE ARE STATES THAT ARE TRYING TO FIX THIS. TRYING TO FIX THIS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY TONIGHT BECAUSE THERE IS NEW TONIGHT BECAUSE THERE IS NEW MOVEMENTS TO PASS THESE TYPES OF MOVEMENTS TO PASS THESE TYPES OF LAWS THAT ACTUALLY WOULD REQUIRE LAWS THAT ACTUALLY WOULD REQUIRE CANDIDATES TO COUGH UP THEIR TAX CANDIDATES TO COUGH UP THEIR TAX RETURNS. RETURNS. NOW, IN SOME STATES IT’S JUST NOW, IN SOME STATES IT’S JUST BEEN TALK. BEEN TALK. IT’S BEEN BRAINSTORMING UNTIL IT’S BEEN BRAINSTORMING UNTIL NOW. NOW. THIS IS A BRAND-NEW STORY YOU THIS IS A BRAND-NEW STORY YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT BECAUSE MAY NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TODAY. IT HAPPENED TODAY. THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, GAVIN NEWSOM, SIGNING INTO THE GAVIN NEWSOM, SIGNING INTO THE STATE LAW A BILL WHICH DOESN’T STATE LAW A BILL WHICH DOESN’T HAVE A LOT OF WIGGLE ROOM. HAVE A LOT OF WIGGLE ROOM. IT REQUIRES ALL PRESIDENTIAL IT REQUIRES ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, AND THEY MEAN ALL CANDIDATES, AND THEY MEAN ALL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, TO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, TO RELEASE FIVE YEARS OF INCOME RELEASE FIVE YEARS OF INCOME TAXES OR, AND THIS IS WHY IT TAXES OR, AND THIS IS WHY IT HITS THEM WHERE IT COUNTS, OR HITS THEM WHERE IT COUNTS, OR GET KICKED OFF THE BALLOT IN THE GET KICKED OFF THE BALLOT IN THE DELEGATE-RICH STATE OF DELEGATE-RICH STATE OF CALIFORNIA. CALIFORNIA. NOW, THIS IS THE FIRST LAW OF NOW, THIS IS THE FIRST LAW OF ITS KIND TO BE PUT ANYWHERE ON ITS KIND TO BE PUT ANYWHERE ON THE BOOKS IN THE NATION AND IT THE BOOKS IN THE NATION AND IT WOULD APPEAR TO BE A DIRECT WOULD APPEAR TO BE A DIRECT RESPONSE TO, YES, THE OBVIOUS RESPONSE TO, YES, THE OBVIOUS TRUMPY REALITY OF A PRESIDENT IN TRUMPY REALITY OF A PRESIDENT IN OFFICE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION OFFICE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION WITHOUT EVER RELEASING TAX WITHOUT EVER RELEASING TAX RETURNS. RETURNS. THE PRESIDENT HASN’T REALLY THE PRESIDENT HASN’T REALLY FACED ANY DIRECT REPERCUSSIONS FACED ANY DIRECT REPERCUSSIONS FOR THIS SECRECY. FOR THIS SECRECY. MAYBE THAT WOULD CHANGE HERE MAYBE THAT WOULD CHANGE HERE BECAUSE THIS LAW IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE THIS LAW IN CALIFORNIA IS NOT JUST FOR THE FUTURE DOWN IS NOT JUST FOR THE FUTURE DOWN THE ROAD, FUTURE PRESIDENTS, ET THE ROAD, FUTURE PRESIDENTS, ET CETERA. CETERA. NO, IT WOULD CLEARLY IN THE WAY NO, IT WOULD CLEARLY IN THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN APPLY TO THIS IT’S WRITTEN APPLY TO THIS PRESIDENT AS WELL. PRESIDENT AS WELL. SO IF IT STAYS ON THE BOOKS, IF SO IF IT STAYS ON THE BOOKS, IF IT’S NOT KICKED OUT BY SOME IT’S NOT KICKED OUT BY SOME LEGAL CHALLENGE OR COURT, IT LEGAL CHALLENGE OR COURT, IT COULD KEEP THE CURRENT COULD KEEP THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, YES, OFF THE PRESIDENT, YES, OFF THE CALIFORNIA BALLOT IN THE YEAR CALIFORNIA BALLOT IN THE YEAR 2020. 2020. AND JOINING US NOW IS GAVIN AND JOINING US NOW IS GAVIN NEWSOM, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR OF NEWSOM, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THANKS FOR DOING THIS. THANKS FOR DOING THIS.>>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, ARI.>>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, ARI.>>WHAT DOES THIS NEW LAW DO?>>WHAT DOES THIS NEW LAW DO?>>IT SIMPLY PROVIDES>>IT SIMPLY PROVIDES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYONE WHO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PLACE THEIR NAME ON THE WANTS TO PLACE THEIR NAME ON THE PRIMARY PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT TO PRIMARY PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT TO RELEASE FIVE YEARS OF TAX RELEASE FIVE YEARS OF TAX RETURNS. RETURNS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE GOVERNOR OF IT ALSO REQUIRES THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO DO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO DO THE SAME, AND I THINK IT’S THE SAME, AND I THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE, NOT JUST UNDER THE APPROPRIATE, NOT JUST UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES BUT BECAUSE NORMS CIRCUMSTANCES BUT BECAUSE NORMS HAVE BEEN CHARGED SINCE. HAVE BEEN CHARGED SINCE. SINCE 1973 EVERY ELECTED SINCE 1973 EVERY ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS PROVIDED THEIR TAX PRESIDENT HAS PROVIDED THEIR TAX RETURNS. RETURNS. WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION WHERE WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION WHERE WE FEEL CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO LEAD WE FEEL CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO LEAD IN THE ABSENCE OF FEDERAL IN THE ABSENCE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRING THE SAME OF GOVERNMENT REQUIRING THE SAME OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND THE CURRENT PRESIDENT AND POTENTIALLY FUTURE PRESIDENTS. POTENTIALLY FUTURE PRESIDENTS.>>YOU MENTION THE CURRENT>>YOU MENTION THE CURRENT PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. YOU SAY NORMS HAVE BEEN YOU SAY NORMS HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED. CHALLENGED. SO THIS IS TARGETING DONALD SO THIS IS TARGETING DONALD TRUMP? TRUMP?>>NO, I MEAN NO MORE THAN IT’S>>NO, I MEAN NO MORE THAN IT’S TARGETING ME. TARGETING ME. IF I CHOOSE TO RUN FOR IF I CHOOSE TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION, I WOULD BE REQUIRED RE-ELECTION, I WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DO THE SAME. TO DO THE SAME. IT’S POLITICALLY NEUTRAL. IT’S POLITICALLY NEUTRAL. IT’S PARTY NEUTRAL. IT’S PARTY NEUTRAL. EVERY PRESIDENT CANDIDATE. EVERY PRESIDENT CANDIDATE. EVERYBODY WE SEE UP THERE ON THE EVERYBODY WE SEE UP THERE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE STAGE WOULD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE STAGE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DO THE SAME. BE REQUIRED TO DO THE SAME.>>THEN WHY NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS>>THEN WHY NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS CONTROVERSY’S OVER? CONTROVERSY’S OVER? YOU COULD SET THIS UP FOR AFTER YOU COULD SET THIS UP FOR AFTER 2020? 2020? I MEAN, IT DOES APPEAR TO BE IN I MEAN, IT DOES APPEAR TO BE IN TIMING AND IN ITS INFLECTION TIMING AND IN ITS INFLECTION GOING AFTER THE THING HE HASN’T GOING AFTER THE THING HE HASN’T RELEASED. RELEASED. I TAKE YOUR POINT THAT AS I TAKE YOUR POINT THAT AS LAWYERS WOULD SAY IT’S FACIALLY LAWYERS WOULD SAY IT’S FACIALLY NEUTRAL, IT’S TECHNICALLY NEUTRAL, IT’S TECHNICALLY NEUTRAL, BUT I THINK A LOT OF NEUTRAL, BUT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING AND SOME PEOPLE PEOPLE WATCHING AND SOME PEOPLE MIGHT EVEN CHEER THIS DEPENDING MIGHT EVEN CHEER THIS DEPENDING ON THEIR POLITICS, BUT PEOPLE ON THEIR POLITICS, BUT PEOPLE WATCHING WOULD SAY IT DOES LOOK WATCHING WOULD SAY IT DOES LOOK LIKE IT’S GOING AFTER TRUMP. LIKE IT’S GOING AFTER TRUMP.>>WELL, I JUST — LOOK, BOTTOM>>WELL, I JUST — LOOK, BOTTOM LINE WE BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY. LINE WE BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY. YOU CAN QUESTION THE TIMING. YOU CAN QUESTION THE TIMING. I SHOULD NOTE THERE WAS AN I SHOULD NOTE THERE WAS AN EFFORT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IN EFFORT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IN CALIFORNIA TO DO THE SAME. CALIFORNIA TO DO THE SAME. THE FACT IS WE NEED TO LEAD ON THE FACT IS WE NEED TO LEAD ON THE ISSUE OF CONFLICTS. THE ISSUE OF CONFLICTS. WE NEED TO LEAD ON MAKING SURE WE NEED TO LEAD ON MAKING SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IF INDIVIDUALS IN POSITIONS LIKE INDIVIDUALS IN POSITIONS LIKE MINE OR THE PRESIDENT OF THE MINE OR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HIMSELF IS UNITED STATES HIMSELF IS SELF-DEALING, CONFLICTS OF SELF-DEALING, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ARE REAL. INTEREST ARE REAL. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT SHOULDN’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT SHOULDN’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE HE MADE A THIS BECAUSE HE MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. COUNTRY. HE PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN HE PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL HE WOULD RELEASE HIS TAX TRAIL HE WOULD RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. RETURNS. SO THIS MAY BE MUCH TO DO ABOUT SO THIS MAY BE MUCH TO DO ABOUT NOTHING, BUT I THINK IT’S THE NOTHING, BUT I THINK IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. RIGHT THING TO DO.>>AND IN TERMS OF HOW THE STATE>>AND IN TERMS OF HOW THE STATE LAW WORKS, THIS IS FOR THE LAW WORKS, THIS IS FOR THE PRIMARIES. PRIMARIES. IT’S NOT AS I UNDERSTAND IT FOR IT’S NOT AS I UNDERSTAND IT FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION, IS THAT THE GENERAL ELECTION, IS THAT RIGHT? RIGHT?>>THAT IS CORRECT.>>THAT IS CORRECT. AND, AGAIN, THIS WAS SUPPORTED AND, AGAIN, THIS WAS SUPPORTED — OR NOT AGAIN BUT SHOULD BE — OR NOT AGAIN BUT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT IT WAS SUPPORTED BY POINTED OUT IT WAS SUPPORTED BY EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE CALIFORNIA EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATURE. THERE HAS BEEN A TOTAL I THINK THERE HAS BEEN A TOTAL I THINK OF 18 STATES THAT HAVE ATTEMPTED OF 18 STATES THAT HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DO THIS. TO DO THIS. SOME ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS SOME ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS AND MOTION. AND MOTION. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO CALIFORNIA, BUT THIS IS THE CALIFORNIA, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST THAT LANDED ON ANY FIRST THAT LANDED ON ANY GOVERNOR’S DESK. GOVERNOR’S DESK. I ASK THAT IT BE AMENDED TO I ASK THAT IT BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE ME OR ANY FUTURE INCLUDE ME OR ANY FUTURE GOVERNOR BECAUSE I THINK THE GOVERNOR BECAUSE I THINK THE ISSUE OF TRANSPARENCY SHOULD NOT ISSUE OF TRANSPARENCY SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUSIVE TO THE PRESIDENT OF BE EXCLUSIVE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES. IT SHOULD ALSO BE HELD TO THE IT SHOULD ALSO BE HELD TO THE ACCOUNT OF PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF ACCOUNT OF PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO RUN THE FIFTH LARGEST WHO RUN THE FIFTH LARGEST GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD. GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD.>>YEAH, NO, AND YOU’RE IN>>YEAH, NO, AND YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF CLEARLY A VERY CHARGE OF CLEARLY A VERY IMPORTANT BIG STATE. IMPORTANT BIG STATE. THE OTHER THING HERE IS THE THE OTHER THING HERE IS THE POLITICS, WHICH I RECOGNIZE IN POLITICS, WHICH I RECOGNIZE IN YOUR ROLE AS GOVERNOR YOU’RE YOUR ROLE AS GOVERNOR YOU’RE TRYING TO BE AS FAIR AND SORT OF TRYING TO BE AS FAIR AND SORT OF BROAD AS POSSIBLE, BUT I THINK BROAD AS POSSIBLE, BUT I THINK PEOPLE KNOW CALIFORNIA IS NOT A PEOPLE KNOW CALIFORNIA IS NOT A STATE THAT DONALD TRUMP STATE THAT DONALD TRUMP GENERALLY NEEDS TO WIN IN THE GENERALLY NEEDS TO WIN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION OR ANY GENERAL ELECTION OR ANY REPUBLICAN IN THE CURRENT MIX OF REPUBLICAN IN THE CURRENT MIX OF THINGS, SO IF HE JUST SORT OF THINGS, SO IF HE JUST SORT OF BOYCOTTS THIS AND ISN’T WORRIED BOYCOTTS THIS AND ISN’T WORRIED ABOUT THAT IN THE PRIMARY OF THE ABOUT THAT IN THE PRIMARY OF THE GENERAL, DOES THAT MAKE THIS GENERAL, DOES THAT MAKE THIS ULTIMATELY MOSTLY SYMBOLIC? ULTIMATELY MOSTLY SYMBOLIC?>>YEAH, I MEAN, IF THAT’S WHAT>>YEAH, I MEAN, IF THAT’S WHAT HE CHOOSES TO DO. HE CHOOSES TO DO. HE CAN CHOOSE TO DO THE RIGHT HE CAN CHOOSE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THING. HE CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT HE HE CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT HE PROMISED YOU AND EVERYBODY PROMISED YOU AND EVERYBODY WATCHING HE WOULD DO AFTER THIS WATCHING HE WOULD DO AFTER THIS AUDIT IS COMPLETE. AUDIT IS COMPLETE. AND THAT IS PROVIDE US THAT AND THAT IS PROVIDE US THAT INFORMATION. INFORMATION.>>DO YOU THINK HE WAS LYING>>DO YOU THINK HE WAS LYING ABOUT THE AUDIT? ABOUT THE AUDIT? WE’VE TALKED TO A LOT OF EXPERTS WE’VE TALKED TO A LOT OF EXPERTS WHO SAY THAT DEFENSE NEVER WHO SAY THAT DEFENSE NEVER REALLY WASHED. REALLY WASHED.>>NO, I MEAN, IT’S RATHER>>NO, I MEAN, IT’S RATHER ABSURD. ABSURD. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW. THE LAST I CHECKED WITH THE IRS THE LAST I CHECKED WITH THE IRS I THINK THERE IS A THREE-YEAR I THINK THERE IS A THREE-YEAR LIMITATION ON AUDITS, BUT THIS LIMITATION ON AUDITS, BUT THIS MAY BE SOME EXTRAORDINARY MAY BE SOME EXTRAORDINARY EXCEPTION, BUT THE FACT IS HE EXCEPTION, BUT THE FACT IS HE MADE THAT COMMITMENT, HE MADE MADE THAT COMMITMENT, HE MADE THAT PROMISE. THAT PROMISE. HE SHOULD BE HELD TO ACCOUNT IN HE SHOULD BE HELD TO ACCOUNT IN THAT RESPECT. THAT RESPECT. LOOK, AT THE END OF THE DAY, LOOK, AT THE END OF THE DAY, SINCE 1973, I’LL REMIND YOU IN SINCE 1973, I’LL REMIND YOU IN 1973 IT WAS RICHARD NIXON WHO 1973 IT WAS RICHARD NIXON WHO SAID THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE SAID THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHETHER, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, TO KNOW WHETHER, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, THEIR PRESIDENT IS A CROOK. THEIR PRESIDENT IS A CROOK. EVERY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL HAS EVERY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL HAS DONE THIS. DONE THIS. NORMS ARE BEING CHALLENGED LEFT NORMS ARE BEING CHALLENGED LEFT AND RIGHT. AND RIGHT. IT REQUIRES A RESPONSE. IT REQUIRES A RESPONSE. IT REQUIRES US TO STEP UP AND IT IT REQUIRES US TO STEP UP AND IT REQUIRES US TO ASSERT OURSELVES. REQUIRES US TO ASSERT OURSELVES. AND, AGAIN, THIS SHOULD BE DONE

100 thoughts on “Gavin Newsom Signs First Law Requiring Candidates To Reveal Taxes | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

  • Dave Dee Post author

    It's a shame we have to do this.

  • william musser Post author

    It will be reversed by the Supreme Court…. itโ€™s against the constitution and canโ€™t stand up…. nice try though ๐Ÿ‘ so unless California is going to become its own country and break away not gonna happen…

  • Lee Post author

    45 is the biggest liar and coward. Anyone supporting him is one too.

  • Michael Macillicutti Post author

    Talk about a Sociopath. This devil is "The American Psycho". Study the body language. It's scary.

  • jason w Post author

    Every state in the country should pass this law and voters should demand it.

  • Kelly ward Post author

    MADCOW disease is not pretty

  • Jane Nonymous Post author

    So what? Traitors and racists are used to not getting electoral votes from california, so it's not like it would matter to them.

  • Davionious Post author

    Trump won't win California so he can use it to complain about unfairness without losing anything of substance.

  • kenneth boss Post author

    It's not a law that he reveals his taxes! So STFU! California law will be deemed unconstitional!

  • Kate RH Post author

    How about a Gofundme account for the person in the IRS that accidentally e-mails the tax returns to Rachel Maddow?

  • William Buick Post author

    Lets see where pelosi got her millions ! El Chappo said he paid her millions in bribes to keep the borders open !

  • fbabdiver Post author

    good for you Gavin! i've been watching your progess from s.f. mayor to the california governor. thumbs up bro!

  • Lindalee Law Post author

    Dems SHOUKD HAVE demanded when he was elected.

  • Lindalee Law Post author

    While you say " Trump wouldnt"; truth is, Dems are like parents these days, THEY FAILED TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND LET HIM FLOAT.
    Why has he been permitted to be an obnoxious child, Dems.

  • The R0n Post author

    Gottem

  • Eric Standefer Post author

    So the democrats who have cried about voter suppression are now all for blocking people for voting for Trump.

  • Beverly Inkster Post author

    The republicans are calling democrats socialist to scare people , Trump is acting like a fascist so democrats need to call him one , not only that just today he is phoning Putin helping him and wanting to be friends think about that people he received help from Putin to win the election, he asks for their help again , he refuses to signs bills to protect the upcoming election, we know they are attacking America and Trump is doing nothing , and Barr and other republicans in congress sitting on their thumbs doing nothing this is a five alarm fire , if these republicans do nothing shame on all of them

  • Scrambled Eggs Post author

    Yeah but Trump and his Republican cohorts don't respect laws in this country.

  • Gene West Post author

    So proud of my Governor Newsome!!!

  • D L Malley Post author

    Investigate Moscow Mitch and his Wife's Taxes !!!
    He's been Bought!
    Graham too.
    And GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

  • Lashawn Rosier Post author

    WHAT IS TRUMP HIDING…๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • tihzho Post author

    Well one thing is for certain now, California's electoral college votes just became blue.

  • Bob Allen Post author

    Sorry guys that's unconstitutional you know this right? Good luck? Maga

  • Dav A Post author

    Good move Mr. Newsom and the state of California.

  • BUrton BinGer Post author

    No one ask the public if they wanted to see tax returns ~ but when you have a supermajority bills be passed without the public having any kind of say. That's why taxes are up.

  • Gerard Labrecque Post author

    Who are the people on the electoral college this election that will pretty well tell you the outcome.

  • Gerard Labrecque Post author

    Also I am all for candidates to show their taxes. Just makes sense

  • Patty Donohue Post author

    CHEERS!

  • duduoshunn Post author

    My question is what happenes if they don't?..

    Cricket………

  • Roberto Tamesis Post author

    Yeh! It's Constitutional . The California law just enforces that Act of 1989 article II the emoluments clause, first implemented by Pres.Nixon.

  • Mechyuda Post author

    California's state gov't sort of did the right thing legally and morally, but it should be more than 5 years of income tax returns, more like 10 years for standard situations, but unlimited years for someone with a controversial background such as the White House toadstool of alternative facts. The US Constitution allows each state legislature to create and regulate its own electors for the nationwide Electoral College. In addition, the US Constitution empowers Congress to investigate the president, including emoluments, and to impeach the president.

    The Zionist US empire boasts it is the international leader of liberty, justice, and pretty much everything good. Yet, the empire's president is a narcissistic con-artist who repeatedly bankrupted his $400+ million inheritance into $9+ billion of debt, impulsively cheats on all of his 3 wives, and proclaims himself to be an unbeatable businessman who refuses to provide any objective proof of his professional and personal achievements. In addition, California is the most productive state in America, but California's Governor Gavin Newsom is dyslexic and was an alcoholic adulterer. America's dumb-mock-crazy majority-tyranny is an outdated political system. A hi-tech government should be based on meritocracy and providing peaceful, customized solutions for each peculiar person and unique community. Instead, we have the Zionist liberal Democrat Party peddling cultural Marxism with Jews and blacks at the top, and the Zionist Christian Republican Party worshiping Biblical myths.

  • D Kelly Post author

    I hope all other states follow with the same law.

  • phennec Post author

    Every state needs this law.

  • Cody Mackniak Post author

    All state's should jump on board!!!!

  • Sheik Yo Booty Post author

    DONTHECON IS RUNNING THE CON OF HIS LIFE ON AMERICA
    Impeach and incarcerate the treasonous LITTLE MUSHROOM DK PUSSYGRABBER

  • Dancing With Nature Post author

    Oh Ari, bless you for making my week!!! Great story and great job CA!

  • LaQ SViL Post author

    Donald Trump IS A CROOK! PERIOD. Enough said. Thank you, California for leading this charge, now the other 18 states and more need to get on board with this law.

  • crash override Post author

    We never had to do this… until Trump, this was just the norm

  • redtsu nami Post author

    Demorats whine and complain about voter suppression, but turn a blind eye when one of their own does it. Gavin is clearly trying to interfere with a federal election. No doubt his auntie Pelosi put him up to it. Lets see Nancy's tax returns for the last 5 years.

  • baddmanaz Post author

    49 to go

  • S H Post author

    Trump had the audacity to change the tax code in favor of the wealthy; yet, he refuses to show his own taxes. Itโ€™s insane! The nerve of him! At this stage his followers are either brainwashed, or just plain stupid! They really think heโ€™s working for nothing. What a joke! Every move he makes is all about enriching himself even more! Itโ€™s all about power and greed with the Republicans in Congress.

    In regards to him being kicked of the ballot, heโ€™ll just take the case to his implanted fixers/good ole boys on the Supreme Court; where heโ€™s guaranteed a win! This entire administration is nothing more than a criminal enterprise; filled with thieves, hustlers, and crooks! Absolutely disgusting!

  • EcchiDragon 80 Post author

    In the far future generations there will be discussions about the need to make law what is usually is something that people will do without needing to be promted – And as an example of the need, the proponents for applying the pressure of the law, they will say; "It's needed. Look at Trump. What if we get someone similar to that as president again…"

  • destin duhn Post author

    Finally something

  • David Argenal Post author

    Smart move! If this goes national, Trump canโ€™t run LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Isaac Post author

    Since when did the democrats think anything Nixon did was a good idea?
    And who will be the judge of who's taxes are clean?
    Democrats want control of everyone's lives.

  • Alex Mullins Post author

    Let's hope that other States do this as well.Force Trump's hand and make him reveal his taxes.

  • Barbarella Post author

    Gavinnnnn! Ya dirty boy. Purrrrrrrrrr

  • Jerry VanNuys Post author

    trump has ALWAYS SAID that he would be happy to show his taxes after he was elected so there shouldn't be any problem with this whatsoever…. unless, of course, trump was knowingly lying.

  • Steve Taxpayer Post author

    Let's be real here. Gavin Newsom is trying to keep blacks off the ballot.

  • Daryl Leckt Post author

    I will bet within 2 years 35 other states will adopt similar legislation

  • jim Moore Post author

    All states should pass the law that hey dude presidential candidate must show their tax returns or they are ineligible to run

  • Adriaan Boeyens Post author

    Student: I'm putting my name forward for President of the Student Council
    Professor: We'll need to see your tax returns first.

    Mom: I'm running for President of the Book Club
    Auditor: We'll need to see your tax returns first.

  • Walt Schmidt Post author

    Now they need a law to force them to reveal their donors and pass voter ID laws.

  • muuuuuud Post author

    trump uses all the dirty tricks, the republic is at stake, do all you gotta do democrats.

  • Penelope Kahler Swan Post author

    Excellent. Puts Trump off the ballot in California then?

  • Big Al Post author

    New York could have his federal taxes. If his state taxes show some discrepancies you can then subpoena his federal tax return.

  • Eric Burton Post author

    You would think that states would have thought of this back in 1939! Are you paying your taxes!!!

  • William Ngo Post author

    Awesome

  • Robert Post author

    Gavin has not directed this law at trump per se. It is directed at any and all candidates who do not release their financial records. Gavin for president 2028.

  • Anders Vesterholt Post author

    Won't make any difference at all.

  • Steve Carter Post author

    Good policy for all California politicians

  • Randy Potter Post author

    I think that it may be time to reexamine California's requests for emergency disaster money.

  • Pub Comrad Post author

    Con Don should release his tax return. Moscow Mitch should have a federal law passed about compulsory of tax return release for presidential candidates.

  • Randy Scherer Post author

    If this isn't VOTER SUPPRESSION nothing is!! Article II – Section 1 outlines the qualifications for President. No place in that section are taxes mentioned. That section includes the Oath of Office – "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." President Trump is certainly doing all he can to defend our Constitution!!

    YOU ALL WANT TO MAKE IT LEGAL FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS TO HAVE DRIVER'S LICENSES AND BE AUTOMATICALLY GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND SMILE DOING IT- WHICH IS UNLAWFUL AND OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION! WITHOUT LAWS WE HAVE NO COUNTRY!! GAVIN NEWSOM IS A DANGER TO OUR REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC! BUT THAT'S NOTHING NEW TO SOCIALISTS!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!! AND GOD BLESS OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT – DONALD JOHN TRUMP!!

  • hoang ha Post author

    newsom, what are you afraid of? Trump will turn California into conservative state? What a COWARD! You should love your family first before you worry about your neighbors. American first!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mark allen Post author

    How about a mental, emotional, intellectual screening, for TRUMP! Read the book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" by Dr. Bandy Lee and 27 Mental Health Professionals and Care Givers. Trump has Malignant Narcissism compounded with Sociopathic, Paranoid and Sadistic mental and emotional disorders and defects. Trump is a SEVERE DANGER to the U.S. and the World as a whole.
    Trump needs to be removed by any means and at any cost. ANY MEANS!!!

  • Richard Atkinson Post author

    Keep it real. Alll the States go down this road are deep blue States he won't win anyhow. Only going to give him a chance to cry voter suppression. And Republican s will use to justify their own efforts. And look for the stacked Supreme Court to get him on those ballots anyway.

  • JJ Gragas Post author

    Warren! Warren! Warren!

  • Brian Cregar Post author

    Newsom is about as slimey as it gets. Look at all the low IQ liberals who falls for his lies and BS. It's unconstitutional and illegal on top of it. Liberals didn't care about Clintons or previous gov brown who both wouldn't release their tax returns. It is a ploy to suppress the Republican vote in Calif. Trump doesn't need to run in the Calif primary anyway. Liberals in calif are about slimey as it gets

  • Athena Post author

    Hey Ari, So F^^&king what if CA is going after Trump?! Heโ€™s a GD criminal!

  • Andre Newcomb Post author

    I think this is about the Trump administration cutting off funds for the high speed rail AND demanding that California return previous grants. But 'that' could be about stopping construction to evaluate progress and orientation for employees. . .and they're all just ruffling feathers for the women.

  • Didier Mukendi Post author

    California Love

  • Daryl Leckt Post author

    it's legislation like this that makes me a proud california progressive

  • Suntah Oannes Post author

    American people in are not the enemy Corporate America

  • Xeno outlander Post author

    Love the quote from Richard Nixon. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. He's lucky Ford pardoned him for Watergate.

    I also find it interesting that Jerry Brown was against the Bill, Newsom signed.

    I don't believe the BS Newsom said about not going after Trump. Although the Donand needs to buck up and show his tax returns.

  • Paratrooperlane Post author

    A watchdog group files an IRS complaint against Cumming's wife for public corruption.ย 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCet6gzaMVM

  • James Poole Post author

    Trump 2020, MAGA = Make America Great Again. WWG1WGA, Qanon.

  • Hammer63 Post author

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ THANK YOU!

  • Joseph Tovar Post author

    It's so clearly obvious that something is purposefully being hidden.
    Yet Moscow Mitch and the Repubic hairs sheepishly follow discarding "We the People"

  • Cajek Post author

    Iโ€™m so happy to be living in Cali! GO GET โ€˜EM GAVIN

  • Isis sucks Post author

    You people are pathetic hilarious

  • juan monge Post author

    Also at the insistence of a certain Mr. D. Trump of Atlantic City: candidates must release their birth certificates. Also a prostate exam. DNA testing to check for Chimpanzee blood.

  • SR M Post author

    Gavin Newsom's law requiring candidates to reveal taxes is unconstitutional.

  • Steve Caldera Post author

    Hey losers itโ€™s unconstitutional!

  • Brian Cregar Post author

    IRS apparently has had no problem with his taxes, and he's constantly under audit. The only ones that do are the libs suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. If this were a Democrat in the White House who refused to release their taxes this would not be an issue at all. So fake and phoney.

  • Bill Winterburn Post author

    Masterdebaters

  • Randy Potter Post author

    Gavin Newsom is woefully unprepared to be the governor of California. He's a doofus.

  • David Kerley Post author

    Would that states pass other laws prohibiting criminals from running for national, state and local offices. Weโ€™d have a chance to be โ€œWe the peopleโ€.

  • dean langloss Post author

    Donald J Trump.con

  • Ron Wright Post author

    Gavin doing good job for California thanks come on New York another blue states !

  • Ron Wright Post author

    Trump is an insult to every veteran who has served in service to our country I dont under stand how he got on the ballot. When I remember all the vets I watched.die an come home in a body bag when I seen him I get sick ! As a russian agent he should run for president in russia not America !!!

  • Dee Wood Post author

    Newsom, you are going to be recalled! MSNBC, you are on the wrong side but you will find out soon enough; how come you do not realize that illegals and coastal leftists voted for Gavin Newsom, sanctuary state, are you kidding us, this is total b.s.! Our California super majority party are nothing more than thugs, not allowing us to vote for whom we will, just wait you losers, we Californians see through this and constitutionally speaking, we will bury you in law suits!!

  • StevenXOXO Post author

    What's the point of mentioning 5th largest gov in the world?

  • bumpus room Post author

    The way trump lies, he would probably doctor his tax returns the same way he under and over inflated his property values.

  • Showcase Success Post author

    Showing your taxes, shows transparency… Saying that you are gonna show them and then hiding them to the extent of literally getting government servants to break the law is NOT

  • Warren Varker Post author

    https://youtu.be/Soi1WkafXOE

  • B.J Cameron Post author

    Gavin Newsom and Nancy Pelosi are related and will not be helpful in promoting the US economy. This Law may mean every US citizen will be required to declare their Taxation and therefore will not gain traction. Newsom has just wasted more money because of fear and hate. Please vote wisely in 2020.

  • Blake Chico Post author

    This guy is definitely a leader of the Demorat Party. He is a rat and he has turned the great State of California into a rat infested mess.

  • Jimmy Chen Post author

    You dumbocrats are so lame. How about Pelosi's taxes? How about AOC's taxes? How about Galvin's taxes…such hipocrites..

  • Blueman Post author

    Yeah right Gavin has no credibility in my book. He's involved in The speed train fiasco in central California and the gross corruption of the unions. He so proud of his fifth largest government in the world and is ignoring the homelessness problem infesting the state. California is being taxed to the ground.

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