Donald Trump will soon take office as the most unpopular president-elect in U.S. history. His bigotry and belief in all sorts of discredited nonsense make him a threat to the republic. So it’s understandable the California doesn’t want to be part of this nightmarish experiment, and they are making it clear in the most resounding way.
Governor Jerry Brown has vowed to fight Donald Trump’s dangerous policies on his state tooth and nail.
Brown said California will push back against trump’s efforts to stop or reverse policies fighting global climate change.
“We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,” Brown told the applauding audience.
“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” roared Brown to the crowd.
And referring to Rick Perry, the former Texas governor Trump has selected to lead the Department of Energy, Brown reminded everyone of California’s advantages over Texas when it comes to renewable energy.
“We’ve got more sun than you’ve got oil,” he said.
Brown, who during the presidential campaign joked that if Trump was elected, “we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country,” called Trump a “fraud.”
It was fairly clear for whom the message was intended.
Following Brown’s footsteps, the state Democratic leadership has also taken a hard stance against Trump.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León traveled to a United Nations summit in Morocco to reassure foreign officials that California would press forward on climate change, while Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called on the state’s public universities to declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented immigrant students. And both Secretary of State Alex Padilla and U.S. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris issued statements criticizing Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
And last week, leaders of an effort to split California into its own country opened what they call an “embassy” for the state in Russia as a step to investigate Trump’s connection with the Kremlin, according to Politico.
To make it even clearer, some media outlets are sending the message in an unequivocal way: “We’ll soon have two presidents, and one will live in Sacramento,” positioning the governor of the nation’s most populous state as a Democratic counterweight to Donald Trump.
“The most consequential and important Democrat in the United States is the Democrat who governs more Americans than anyone save the president,” columnist Joe Mathews Mathews wrote. “Meet Jerry Brown, your shadow president,” he added.
There is precedent for a California governor to gird the state against a Republican administration. When George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, California Democrats raised concerns about Republican policies related to water, logging, clean air and energy. Fearing a change on the U.S. Supreme Court could result in the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, then-governor Davis signed legislation in 2002 designed to protect abortion in California even if the landmark case was reversed.