During an event last week, while he was supposed to be addressing the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, popular vote loser Donald Trump went on a strange tirade that had nothing whatsoever to do with the shooting, and revealed some other things as well.
As Bill Palmer points out, 1) Trump does not understand California, 2) he thinks deporting immigrants is the only way to fight gangs, and 3) California needs his help in order to be safe.
Namely, he doesn’t understand California, he thinks deporting immigrants will curb gang violence and that California needs his help to be safe. Wait. What? What does that have to do with anything?
Specifically, Trump chose to use his time at the meeting to attack a new state law that prevents police from assisting immigration agents when the person in question has not broken any state laws.
Trump also threatened to stop enforcing immigration laws in California during his tantrum. Trump says the state would come “begging” for the return of federal agents if he did this.
Here is the full statement from Trump:
“We’re getting no help from the state of California. I mean, frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crying mess like you’ve never seen in California. All I’d have to do is say, ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone. You’d be inundated — you would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They are doing a lousy management job. They have the highest taxes in the nation, and they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly, it’s a disgrace — the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals — you know because you’re working on it. And the protection of these horrible criminals in California, and other places, but in California. That if we ever pulled our ICE out and we ever said, “Hey, let California alone. Let them figure it out for themselves,” in two months they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging. And you know what? I’m thinking about doing it.”
California Governor Jerry Brown was quick to deliver a response to Trump’s threat, as well as Senator Diane Feinstein, saying Trump was spreading “mean-spirited” and “patently false” lies against the state.
State Senate leader Kevin de León – who happens to be running against Feinstein for her Senate seat- also suggests Trump wants to “tear apart hardworking mothers and fathers from their children,” and served up a on-word response to Trump’s threat: “Adios” (¡Adiós!)
Californians were quick to join and applaud the comments of de León. On the Facebook pages of the California National Party, members welcomed and encouraged the departure of ICE, and demanded Trump give back the money the federal government takes from California for immigration enforcement.