Gavin Newsom Names Democrat Who Tried to Keep Trump Off California Ballot to Replace Kamala Harris

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 22, 2020   |   2:43PM   |   Sacramento, CA

How much do Democrats hate President Donald Trump? The governor of California announced today he will name a top Democrat official who tried to keep Trump off the ballot in California as pro-abortion Senator Kamala Harris’ replacement in the Senate assuming she becomes vice president.

After a presidential election replete with fraud and irregularities, Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the remainder of Kamala Harris’ Senate term will not go over well with Trump supporters who believe Trumo won and Harris’ seat shouldn’t be open in the first place.

Newsom touted the fact that Padilla, who previously served as a Los Angeles City Councilman and State Senator, would be the first Latino senator from California.

“The son of Mexican immigrants — a cook and house cleaner — Alex Padilla worked his way from humble beginnings to the halls of MIT, the Los Angeles City Council and the State Senate, and has become a national defender of voting rights as California’s Secretary of State. Now, he will serve in the halls of our nation’s Capitol as California’s next United States Senator, the first Latino to hold this office,” said Governor Newsom. “Through his tenacity, integrity, smarts and grit, California is gaining a tested fighter in their corner who will be a fierce ally in D.C., lifting up our state’s values and making sure we secure the critical resources to emerge stronger from this pandemic. He will be a Senator for all Californians.”

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In response, Padilla said, “I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by Governor Newsom, and I intend to work each and every day to honor that trust and deliver for all Californians.”

Padilla is known in California as the official who tried to keep Trump off the ballot, by pushing a law that would have required any candidate running for president to give the IRS tax forms for the past five years or else not be allowed to appear on the state ballot. The law was clearly targeting the president.

Judge Morrison England Jr. officially blocked the law.

“[W]hile this Court understands and empathizes with the motivations that prompted California,” he said in his decision, “the Act’s provisions likely violate the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”