President Trump likes to brag about his 2016 election victory. Now, according to several California legislators, he is seeking revenge against the state because he did not win their popular vote.
In three days to kick off 2018, President Trump issued several orders that infringed on California, whether legally or economically. He advocated policies that directly violate the principles of one of the nation’s largest states: drilling off of the Pacific coast, enhanced immigration law enforcement, and punishment for recreational marijuana usage.
“This is further proof of President Trump’s war on California,” said Kevin de León, State Senate President Pro Tem and potential candidate for national office in 2018. Lawmakers there have also pointed out that President Trump is the first Commander in Chief who has not visited their state during his first year in office.
De León also warned about the fallout of President Trump’s new tax bill. “The GOP tax scam offers corporations and hedge fund managers massive tax breaks and expects California taxpayers and other blue states to pick up the costs of that windfall from the super rich,” he said. “California is already a huge donor state, meaning we send far more money to Washington than we get in return. So we don’t plan on bankrolling this trillion-dollar tax giveaway as well.”
He will run against Senator Diane Feinstein this year.
The problem is not only financial. This week, employees of the federal government threatened the state over immigration, too. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan threatened the traditionally Democratic state, warning that under President Trump, he would no longer allow the existence of any “sanctuary cities.” “California better hold on tight,” Homan said. “They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California,” he said, indicating the future presence of federal officials there.