California and Trump at War


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DALLAS, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Ever since President Donald Trump was elected into presidency, he has not fallen short of enforcing the promises he made during his campaign. During his first month in office, Trump has lashed out, and his latest threats are pointed right at the Golden state.

California, as well was other states, have opposed President Trump’s Immigration Ban, claiming it to be unconstitutional. The ban prohibits anyone from entering the United States from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, even with a visa. You can read that story here

According to the Washington Post, when Trump was asked what he thought of California becoming a sanctuary state by Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly during a pre-Super Bowl interview, he responded with,“Well, I think it’s ridiculous, sanctuary cities, as you know I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime, there’s a lot of problems. We have to well[,] defund, we give tremendous amounts of money to California. . . . California in many ways is out of control, as you know. Obviously the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.”

Although President Trump did not elaborate on California being “out of control,” the Washington Post believes it is “because voters there overwhelmingly rejected Trump in November.”  

This latest threat to defund California has added more gasoline to the already burning fire in California.

According to the CNBC, “recent polls show more Californians want a divorce from the union and believe that President Donald Trump’s election also has boosted their cause.”

Louis Marinelli, president of the Yes California Independence movement, said “We definitely see that there’s some newfound support for this and we want to get the signatures out there, especially now because we’re in the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency when he’s going to be aggressively pursuing his policies that the people of California are going to reject — and have rejected.”

In order for “Calexit,” which is the name for California succeeding, to become a reality there is a “two-step process — first the vote in 2018 to repeal the ‘inseparable’ provision from the state constitution and then a special election in 2019 for the independence vote itself,” reported CNBC.

“What we want to do is give the people of California the chance to vote yes or no on independence,” said Marinelli. “If the people want to stay in the country and they want to remain a state they can vote no. We’re certainly going to be focusing on the argument about convincing people why it’s better for us to become our own country.”