Trump has had a historically apathetic relationship with the state of California, only intervening when Californians do something he doesn’t like.
On everything from immigration to education, Trump seems contrary to Californian values. Only when it’s something that piques his interest, like a certain wall on a certain border, then, and only then, does he finally decide to focus his efforts on our state and cause a problem.
It’s common knowledge that he’s in disagreement with California’s stance on immigration issues. President 45 was actually in the Golden State this week to scope out space for his wall and then for a fundraiser in Los Angeles. While he was out here, he also accused Gov. Jerry Brown of running California poorly. But of course, this is the only thing involving California he really cares about.
When California labeled itself as a sanctuary city, swearing to protect immigrants as much as possible from deportation, he responded with insults, which continued as he took to Twitter before his So-Cal visit saying, “California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk. Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans. THIS MUST STOP!”
On the other end of the spectrum, is his penchant for apathy. When he’s expected to act presidentially, he’s nowhere to be found. Last year, wildfires ravaged California homes causing death and damage statewide. He said nothing, and did nothing. In fact, this most recent visit was his first since taking office.
Trump and California are two things that will never mix. California has its share of issues, but it should be allowed to sort those issues out in accordance to the beliefs of its people. We probably aren’t as liberal as everyone makes us out to be, but enough of the people are and we’re not backing down from our values. If Trump’s going to keep ignoring us until its convenient for him, we’re just going to have to accept it and keep fighting for what we believe in.