California is unhappy with President Trump, however, instead of pushing for State rights and limiting the authority of the Federal government, California lawmakers are throwing a temper tantrum.
During the last session of the State legislature, California lawmakers passed a series of resolutions attempting to reprimand the President. One of the resolutions called on President Trump “to publicly apologize to all Americans for his racist and bigoted behavior,” in an attempt to brand the state as the “leader of the resistance,” Politico reports.
“The issue of resistance is beyond the symbolism,” explained Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at the end of the final session. “There’s real lives at stake … and I think that a lot of other municipalities, as well as other states, are looking towards California … to be the leader of this resistance.” It is not clear whose lives are at stake, or how the Trump administration is to blame.
Trump has been at odds with the far-left state since taking office. In a February interview with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Trump said that California “in many ways is out of control,” according to Politico.
“Sanctuary cities, as you know I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime, there’s a lot of problems. If we have to, we’ll de-fund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump offered, adding that de-funding will be the last resort. “I don’t want to de-fund a state or a city. I don’t want to de-fund anybody. I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or a state. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly, that would be a weapon.”
In spite of Trump’s threats, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher proposed in the final session that California needs to pass more legislation to protect illegal immigrants. She explained that “with the President’s decision to rescind DACA and step up ICE raids in our neighborhoods,” new legislation to protect illegal immigrants is “needed more than ever.”
In addition to calling on Trump to apologize, the California legislature passed a “sanctuary state” bill blocking local police from cooperating with federal immigration agents – including illegal immigrants guilty of other crimes.
The White House responded to the sanctuary state bill in an official Department of Justice email, writing, “California is attempting to codify a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement. Given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California in recent years, it is especially disappointing that state leaders would take steps to limit cooperation between local jurisdictions and immigration authorities attempting to keep Californians safe.”
Other orders passed by the legislature include a resolution urging Congress to retaliate against Trump for his supposedly lackluster response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The legislature vowed they would not cooperate with the presidential commission on election fraud, and they urged other states to withhold voter data from the commission. Finally, the legislature passed a measure blocking Trump from appearing on the ballot in California. Under the new legislation, presidential candidates must release their tax returns before appearing on the ballot.
Finally, the legislature passed a measure blocking President Trump from appearing on the ballot in California. Under the new legislation, presidential candidates must release their tax returns before appearing on the ballot.
Once again, California leads the way in emotion-based politics — politics that has very little to do with good government.