President Trump is wildly unpopular in California according to the San Francisco Chronicle, but it’s hard for them to dispute how much his election, and his first year in office, have reshaped California politics.
Basically the state’s leaders and their allies in the elite media writhe in agony every time he speaks, and every time he acts.
The elites in California believe that if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, few people would be talking up freshman Sen. Kamala Harris as a Democratic candidate for president in 2020. Senior Sen. Dianne Feinstein likely would be enjoying another cakewalk to re-election. Instead, a prominent fellow Democrat, state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles, is challenging her, saying she hasn’t been tough enough on Trump.
These are good things. We can all see Senator Harris for what she really is, a grandstanding do-nothing politician, and Senator Feinstien for what she really is, a dinosaur who needs to be sent packing.
California’s poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color, have no friend in either of these two senators. Kevin de León would shake things up. It’s what our political system needs.
The elites think single-payer health care might not be as high on Sacramento’s agenda if the Affordable Care Act weren’t threatened by Trump and the Republican Congress. That’s funny, as if Sacramento could develop a healthcare system that wasn’t a gold mine for the insurance industry, doctors, hospitals and PhRMA…all of whom have massive lobbies throwing millions at our elected officials.
Then there’s the President’s push to build a border wall and flip-flopping on what to do about “Dreamers” — those immigrants brought into the country as children — California might not have felt the need to pass a statewide sanctuary law. A law that has put California’s most vulnerable people at risk from the mayhem caused by the hardened criminals who now use our state as a safe house.
The reality is while the elites bleat about the President, they continue to enrich themselves on Wall Street, and in Silicon Valley. They could care less about anything or anyone but themselves. That’s how they roll.